Tulsa mother on trial for manslaughter after relying on prayer over medical help

Testimony begins in manslaughter trial against mother of 9-year-old | Tulsa World.

Testimony began Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a woman accused of relying on prayer instead of medical care to treat her ailing 9-year-old son who died of diabetes-related complications.

Aaron Grady “suffered a long, hard, tragic death for no reason,” Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis said in an opening statement to the jury.

Grady, a member of the Church of the Firstborn and a single mother with three children, did what she had been taught to do and prayed with church elders for her son’s recovery, Nigh said.

Grady, 43, is on trial for second-degree manslaughter, which involves “culpable negligence” – an omission to do something that a reasonably careful person would do or failure to use ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions.

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Why can’t people, even those of religious faith, also just accept the fact that science will help them, especially in cases like these?

As the Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis said, “If Grady had sought medical help in response to symptoms that her son exhibited, diabetes was readily treatable.”

Here is what the bible says about healing by faith. A recent study showed that followers of Christian Science who eschew doctors have higher death rates than those NOT of that faith. Membership in such sects seems to be lessening. Good. Cause it’s the 21st century and we well know medicine works. Prayers don’t.

  1 comment for “Tulsa mother on trial for manslaughter after relying on prayer over medical help

  1. May 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Years ago my sister-in-law withheld medication for her 3-yr-old daughter who had cystic fibrosis. Her minister assured her that God was going to heal the child. She died. Oddly enough, her other 2 children with CF were given their medication. The older of the boys died at 17 when he refused a heart/lung transplant (we believe his parents talked him into this). The younger boy is now in his 20s. He has health problems due to the CF, but is able to live a fairly normal life.

    At that time, parents who withheld medication & allowed a child to die were not charged. But it created quite a rift in the family.

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