A faith-healing Washington couple accused of being criminally responsible for their teenage son’s death for failing to call a doctor have been acquitted of second-degree murder charges.
Zachery Swezey was 17 when he died at his Carlton home of a ruptured appendix in March 2009.
Jurors were told the couple belong to the Church of the First Born, which believes in faith healing. The Swezeys told investigators they thought their son had the flu. They also said the boy chose not to see a doctor.
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This teenager could have lived had he gotten medical attention right away. Faith did not heal or save him.
But at least “The couple did call church elders to pray for him and anoint him with olive oil.” Cause we know that ALWAYS works. It’s difficult not to be disgusted at such ignorance.
The jury had trouble with making a decision. Because the boy was old enough to choose? Is this a fair choice?