He was the “spiritual father” of a 15-year-old girl, terminally ill with cancer, who had convinced the girl’s mother to rely on faith instead of medicine to try to heal her.
But when it came to his own cancer and pneumonia, Ariel Ben Sherman was treated in a hospital in South Carolina, records show.
Harvey said Sherman and Jacqueline Crank, the mother of Jessica Crank, rejected medical treatment for the girl’s rare cancer and turned to prayer instead. Jessica died in September 2002.
Sherman’s death certificate showed he died at age 78 on Nov. 28 in a South Carolina hospital of respiratory arrest while being treated for small-cell cancer.
Sherman and Jacqueline Crank were found guilty in May 2012 in Loudon County Criminal Court of misdemeanor neglect for the child’s death and were placed on probation. They had first been charged with felony child neglect.
Still up in the air is a court decision regarding whether the state’s spiritual exemption law which allows parents to rely on faith healing instead of requiring medical treatment is Constitutional. But what is clear is that Sherman was more about “do as I say, not as I do”. Needless to say but I’m going to say it, faith healing is nonsense.