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Parents facing second faith healing death to be arraigned

Two parents who are members of a Christian fundamentalist church have been taken into custody after their eight-month-old son had died of pneumonia. The couple believes that medicine is against their religious beliefs, and cited this as the reason why they did not seek medical attention when the child became sick.

According to a WVNS.com report, the couple previously had a child pass away in their care. In 2009, they had a toddler die of the same illness. The parents were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death and put on 10 years' probation.

As part of their probation, the couple was ordered to seek medical attention if one of their other children got sick. After they were arrested for the most recent death, the couples' defense attorney explained that the boy's autopsy indicated that he had flu-like symptoms for only three days; a time that pales in comparison to the 10 weeks that the first child suffered through before finally succumbing to his illness.

Involuntary manslaughter is the term used to describe the crime of killing another person without the malice present to be define the crime as murder. Involuntary manslaughter is commonly charged when a death occurs due to negligent actions, meaning that a person failed to use reasonable care in performing an action, and that such a failure resulted in a person's death.

In addition to involuntary manslaughter, the parents will now face murder charges, along with child endangerment and conspiracy accusations. It once again will pit a person's religious beliefs against the criminal code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Source: WVNStv.com, Pair face murder trial in 2nd faith healing death, June 12, 2013

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