This Couple’s Baby Died 9 Hours After Delivery & They’re Going to Jail
These thirty-year old parents, named Dale and Shannon Hickman, lost their baby and were thus convicted of a second-degree manslaughter for the death of their baby son in 2011. Their son David was born at home in 2009, and died only nine hours later.
The Hickmans filed a plea, but the judge rejected it with the explanation that they did not do enough to save the life of their baby.
David, the baby of the couple, was born two months before the due date and he had underdeveloped lungs and a staph infection which was transferred to him before birth from the mother. Right after the baby was born, it started facing respiratory problems and started turning blue as a result of the lack of oxygen.
Dale and Shannon are both members of a faith-healing church in Oregon, which is known to be covered by the veil of controversy. You can see this in the video, which shows that its members have an unusually high number of child deaths because of their faith-healing practices.
A while ago, the Hickmans filed a plea which was based on their conviction, on the grounds that the prosecution had the problem to prove the couple knew their religious beliefs would contribute to the death of their child, it was written in the New York Daily News.
The trial of the couple was in 2011, and on this trial, a doctor confirmed that baby David’s chances to survive were 99 percent if the couple called 911 or a doctor. It was officially confirmed that the cause of the death of the baby was staphylococcus pneumonia, which is otherwise a treatable condition.
Dale Hickman, the father of the baby, stated that the reason why he did not call 911 was because he was praying. Taking the baby to the hospital was not even thought of by the couple, the prosecutors said. They just anointed the sick baby with some oils. Shannon stated that she had no other alternative but to do as her husband said because of church rules.
Due to the fact that the Hickmans were charged and convicted for second-degree manslaughter, they should have gotten a mandatory minimum sentence of six years imprisonment, but thanks to the religious exemption in state law which had not expired and was still valid in 2011, they may only get eighteen months in prison and a fine of 250,000 US dollars.
There has previously been a similar case where two other parents, members of the same church the Hickmans belonged to were convicted for failing to seek medical help for their infant daughter.
The girl’s issue was a growth that could have left her blind in one eye. Her parents were sentenced to three months imprisonment.
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