A 16-year-old boy from a faith-healing family dies after refusing medical treatment.
Oregon teenager Neil Beagley, 16, came from a faith-healing family. So when he got ill from a urinary tract blockage that could have been easily treated, the family chose to pray rather than seek medical treatment. On Tuesday, he died.
This comes just a few months after his 15-month-old cousin, Ava, died from bronchial pneumonia and a blood infection, also untreated. Her parents, who belong to the same Followers of Christ church as Beagley's family, now face criminal charges for manslaughter and criminal mistreatment. They plan to use a religious freedom defense.
However, officials say Beagley's death (which doctors say could have been prevented by a simple catheter) might not be a crime because he is 16. Under Oregon law, minors 14 and older can decide for themselves whether or not to accept medical treatment.
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