Profound ignorance kills children.
An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed they neglected her illness. When the father brought the sick child to the hospital back in March, it was too late to save her. The coroner’s contact to police prompted an investigation.
Criminal investigators were told by a registered nurse on staff that the victim’s mother, Christine Delozier, and aunt, Rebecca Delozier, arrived at the hospital shortly after the victim. The nurse said that the victim’s parents made it clear they were against antibiotics and other chemicals associated with modern medicine.
While emergency room staff worked on the toddler, who was not breathing, the nurse said she overheard Christine Delozier making statements such as, “You’re putting holes in her” and, “You’re putting chemicals in her.”
The investigation reports declare that the child was sick with ear pain for two weeks. The parents who appear to eschew medicine, treated her with worthless stuff instead. Homeopathy and herbals CAN NOT cure anything let alone cure an infection in such a young child. The infection could have been cured with common antibiotics. Instead, she suffered and contracted “streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis”, which caused a cerebral abscess and terminal cerebral edema.
The Deloziers did not ever seek medical care. Christine is said to have come from a family that never used modern medicine, it was not a religious belief. Not much additional information about the family was provided except that they could not afford medical care. More will likely come out in court.
Hope Elizabeth Delozier would have lived had she been vaccinated or given antibiotics.
Child deaths from such ignorance remain regular occurrences in the U.S. Threats of and actual prosecution of parents goes far in making these pockets of typically religious-based families relent and get medical attention for children before they are seriously ill. Much is left to do.
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