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April 30th, 2013
06:44 PM ET

Faith may have led to baby's death

A second child dies in a family, and the parents say they shun doctors and choose prayer over medicine. Brooke talks with Mike Newall of The Philadelphia Inquirer and criminal defense attorney Midwin Charles about what will happen next in this unusual case.

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  1. Jade

    Obviously this is really tragic but parents kill their children all the time – it's called abortion.

    May 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  2. Cedric

    The Bible never endorses not seeing doctors. Faith is not denying of evidence; faith is believing in the face of the evidence presented

    May 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  3. Peteyroo

    Prayer works! It stopped the Holocaust. It prevents little children from dying of cancer. It gives my favorite sports team a win every time. Oh, wait. No it doesn't. Prayer is nonsense.

    May 14, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  4. Karen

    I call this stupidity. God has given man intelligence to become doctors to help us. Yes, I believe in prayer, but at times people need medical attention. It doens't indicate that you trust in God less. So dumb!

    May 16, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  5. Karen

    Jade, we have killed an entire generation of babies. Judgment is coming! God help us.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  6. The Eternal Satyr

    Good riddance. If only all religious people would do the same, we could be rid of that scourge in a single generation.

    May 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  7. Shayla

    They should be punished to the full extent of the law. Even most Christians believe God helps those who help themselves.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  8. The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester

    There's a vast difference between practicing one's beliefs, and inflicting one's beliefs on someone else. I wonder how long the parents' faith would've held out if *they* were the ones suffering.

    Simply put: this wasn't practicing their faith. This is the second child they have killed by simply not caring. This was child abuse, and they need to be put away - not as martyrs but as thoughtless, heartless killers.

    May 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
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    To all those who say judgement is coming, I say let it. Because it never will, and if you try to force it by committing acts of violence we will bury you.

    May 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
  10. Dan

    The parents should be charged with first degree murder in this case. Second child? no excuse. I'd also charge the pastor with manslaughter on both counts. Federal charges should be pressed to get around the state laws.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  11. Dan

    To clarify, there was no excuse for the first child either. Freedom of religion (as a legal defense to avoid prosecution) should not include practices that lead to death, injury, coersion, or abuse of anyone. I again say prosecute the parents to the fullest extent of the law and lock them away...

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
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    There's a first. Religious people prove Darwin right!

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