Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Faith-Healing Couple Facing Manslaughter Charges

Oregon: Dale and Shannon Hickman were arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree manslaughter in the death of their baby. Their trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 19 at the Clackamas County Courthouse.

The Hickmans are the third couple identified as members of the Followers of Christ Church to face criminal charges in the death of a child during the past two years. The church shuns professional medical help in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oil.

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The state medical examiner's office has estimated that in the past 30 years, more than 20 children of church members have died of preventable or curable conditions.