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Child dies after parents pray instead of calling ambulance: Should these parents be prosecuted?

  • They denied critical care

    These parents should be held accountable for their child's death! Praying isn't going to solve a medical emergency. They should have called an ambulance to get help for that child. If they thought that prayer was that important then they could have done that after calling for help rather than letting their child die.

  • Yes, denying your child the right to medical treatment is criminal

    Parents can live how they wan. However, in a free society, a child, in particular, has individual civil rights. The first right is the right to medical treatment to avoid injury or death. This is child neglect and murder, not an expression of freedom of religion. Throw away the key and give them a Bible.

  • Yes, because they neglected their in child when in need of care.

    I believe that the only reason the parents should be prosecuted is that they neglected their child. They are responsible to make sure their child gets the medical care needed at any time, and a failure to fulfill such responsibility is why they should be held accountable. This isn't a matter of freedom of religion as taking your child to the hospital in no way prevents you from praying or exercising your religious freedom. In fact, it is not the rights of the parents that are being violated but the rights of the child to medical care.

  • Don't JUST pray, pray AND get an ambulance.

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  • They should definitely be prosecuted.

    From the accounts in the article the child's illness was obviously dangerous. Change in behavior, throwing themselves down the steps (not failing to navigate), hours to eat, and unable to sleep with the illness having lasted a week.

    Anything that causes mental impairment requires immediate medical attention and is itself a case for child neglect at a minimum (and probably criminal negligence). Still refusing to get a doctor after finding the boy collapsed on top of the previous symptoms is criminal negligence if not criminally negligent homicide.

  • Yes, that is ignorance.

    Praying for the child instead of calling an ambulance is the highest form of ignorance, such is what cults do to people . Praying for someone to get well is not not bad, but one should do that as the sick person is being attended to. God heals also through medicines. The parents should be prosecuted.

  • People need to care for their children.

    In today's society, there are acceptable standards of care. It's important that parents know that if they choose not to care for their children, they will be held accountable. If a child's life could be saved because the parent refused to call an ambulance, that parent should be held accountable.

  • Freedom isn't free.

    Medical care isn't a right. It isn't mandatory, you have the right to refuse medical treatment. The parents were responsible for the child, they will have to live with their decisions. Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with them, but I do believe it was their right, however stupid I believe it to be. Freedom isn't free folks, sometimes it means people die because of it, but who wouldn't die for it?

  • Yes, because they neglected their in child when in need of care.

    I believe that the only reason the parents should be prosecuted is that they neglected their child. They are responsible to make sure their child gets the medical care needed at any time, and a failure to fulfill such responsibility is why they should be held accountable. This isn't a matter of freedom of religion as taking your child to the hospital in no way prevents you from praying or exercising your religious freedom. In fact, it is not the rights of the parents that are being violated but the rights of the child to medical care.


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