Faith not enough for kids’ health


US judge who sentenced a couple to prison for the death of their son says members of their church must stop relying on faith healing when their children’s lives are at stake. “Too many children have died unnecessarily – a graveyard full,” judge Steven Maurer said yesterday. “This has to stop.” Judge Maurer spoke in a quiet voice as he led to his conclusion: Jeffrey and Marci Beagley each should serve 16 months in prison. Members of the Followers of Christ church who packed the courtroom sobbed. The Beagleys were convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the June 2008 death of their son, Neil, 16, of complications from a congenital urinary tract blockage. The condition normally is easily treated.

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