UPDATE (24 May 2014) Convicted. Moses Lakes parents convicted of starving 2-year-old son | KOMO News.
Originally published March 2013
In an update to the Staats criminal charges over the death of their child, the judge confirms that a trial will occur after he refuses to dismiss the charges.
Grant County Superior Court Judge Evan Sperline rejected a motion to dismiss the charges against the Staats on Wednesday, June 19. The judge previously asked for more information from the attorneys.
The Staats are each charged with criminal mistreatment in the first degree and criminal mistreatment in the second degree for allegedly refusing to take their nearly 3-year-old son to a hospital after a naturopath doctor advised them to, instead they contacted an East Asian alternative medical doctor.
The judge rejected the motion to drop charges against the couple noting, “…there can be little doubt that the Legislature would criminalize extreme, damaging child neglect even if it foresaw that an exemption, as to the failure to provide medical treatment, for Christian Scientists would be declared invalid.”
The parents are NOT Christian Scientists but the mother prayed about medical care for the child and refused to take him to a doctor when he was unwell and she was advised to do so by more than one person.
Also brought up are questions about valid medical treatment due to the reliance on alternate meds but the judge said “this is not an issue of traditional Western medical modalities versus less mainstream or East Asian approaches,” it was about what care they withheld from the child. That’s arguable there since there is science-based medicine that works and alternative stuff that does not. I wonder if someday THAT will come out in a court case. Withholding modern medical techniques by employing alternatives IS withholding standard of care.
This is clear neglect and will be a case to watch. Constitutional freedoms do not allow you to harm others.