Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

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.

More Details Arise on Parents Charged with Homicide in Child’s Death

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.

More on lack of care or nonsense treatments on children:

Are parents who take their sick children for unproven treatments guilty of abuse?

Parents harm children by refusing vitamin shots

Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetes

Rossiters guilty of manslaughter in faith healing death of child

Schaibles sent to prison for up to seven years for faith healing murder

  20 comments for “Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

  1. Eric
    June 14, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Hopefully these people are held completely responsible and prosecuted to the full extend of the law. Big jail time for people like this will then hopefully discourage others from such wonten disregard for human life.

  2. Bob Blaskiewicz
    June 14, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    The poor kid contracted idiot parent syndrome, also known as Blaskiewicz’s Disease, because I just discovered it.

  3. GrahamH
    June 15, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    If an unvaxxed kid dies of VPD (suitable age) could the parents be charged ?

  4. One Eyed Jack
    June 15, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    No, but I think the question you meant to is is “should they be charged”.

  5. Bonnie
    June 15, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    “Hope Elizabeth Delozier would have lived had she been vaccinated or given antibiotics.”

    Antibiotics yes, but I wasn’t aware there was a vaccination against ear infections. When my kids were little, they received antibiotics on the few occasions they had ear infections, but no doctor suggested that a vaccination would help. Tho they had those for measles, mumps, etc.

  6. Joel
    June 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    There isn’t a vaccine against all ear infections but there is one against S. pneumoniae, which was the cause of this girl’s troubles.

  7. Anne
    June 15, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    No, not against common ear infections. But routine infant vaccines include one against pneumococcal meningitis, which is what her ear infection developed into. That’s what the article meant.

  8. Rand
    June 15, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    I’m not sure if this is a case of willfull neglect by the parents refusing to take the child to the doctor (“we cannot stand in the way of God’s Will”), or only a case of them being hopelessly poorly educated on medical issues. I’ve come across quite a number of people who think “Homeopathy”==”Natural Herbal Remedies”==”Natural ‘safe’ versions of medications”. Most people just do not know or understand what homeopathy actually is (magic witchcraft potion peddeled by con-men), and since they see it on the pharmacy shelves sitting right next to actual medication, with the words like “Holistic”, “Natural”, “Safe” on it, think it must be real actual medicine, and (espcially since all the woo promoted from TV “doctors” such as Mr Oz, and the other daytime talk shows) think those sorts of things must be more effective and safer than actual real medications.

    Add in a hefty dose of poverty (cannot afford insurance, cannot afford to see the doctor), along with being raised without having access to proper medical care themselves, and I can easily see this as a case of the parents *thinking* they were giving their child the proper care and medication, and just not realizing they were giving fake medicine to their child, nor having any clue how serious the child’s condition is. (Ear-aches being one of those “childhood” conditions that every child has, which in most cases, does not end up being life-threatening)

    Pharmacies should be ashamed of themselves for putting such things on the shelves and tricking unsuspecting consumers into thinking it’s medicine.

  9. LDoBe
    June 16, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    “Pharmacies should be ashamed of themselves for putting such things on the shelves and tricking unsuspecting consumers into thinking it’s medicine.”

    I completely agree. Homeopathic “remedies” are even worse than supplements, because they’re actually allowed to claim efficacy for specific diseases. They don’t even have to stick with structure-function claims.

    So instead of having to stick to saying “may boost the immune system to help prevent and fight ear infections”, they can actually say “this will cure your cancer with a 100% success rate and also make you more attractive, guaranteed. Also you’ll get super powers.” And it’s legal for them to commit outright fraud. All because of Orrin Hatch. Who in my opinion amounts to a homicidal maniac. And he’s STILL a Senator.

    I better wrap up before I start a diatribe.

  10. Stuart M.
    June 16, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Hello, I’m visiting from the Richard Dawkins homepage that linked to this. The sad truth is the powerful Christian Scientist Church, which believes all ills can be cured by prayer alone and whose believers routinely kill their children doing so, has gotten legislation passed in every state allowing them to kill their children for religious reasons. If the Deloziers had just said they were Christian Scientists, they would be scot free right now.

  11. dutch550
    June 16, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    “You’re putting holes in her”, which I assume are injections and putting in central lines for fluids, and “you’re giving her chemicals”, antibiotics? tell me the parents should be charged with neglect and willful homicide. Why bother taking her to the hospital at all after she stopped breathing? Just take her out back and bury her under the tree, except I guess people would ask questions about where she was.

  12. Sel
    June 16, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    I am of the opinion that any person selling homeopathic dilutions, with the implication that they are effective, should be held accountable. Those are the folks who should be charged with manslaughter. It sounds as though the parents were trying to care for her but all their efforts were based on misinformation.

  13. Claudio
    June 16, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    I’m afraid this won’t be the last story of that kind we’ll be reading about this year. Though I understand the use of hyperbole here, it really doesn’t seem safe to state “herbals CAN NOT cure anything”. I mean, its too broad and AFAIK it can be disproved. That doesnt’ help our case against anti-vaxxers and radicals… Anyway, really sad to hear about another case like that.

  14. Alice
    June 17, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Question: if they don´t believe in modern medicine, why did they take the child to the emergency room when it was almost dead? The truth is these people do know, at some level, that what they are doing is not right, but want us, medical doctors, to fix the mess only when things get really ugly.

  15. Jayne
    June 17, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    That poor child must have been in a lot of pain

  16. Kathie
    June 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    This just makes me so angry that poor child, my 32 year old husband had bilateral ear infections and needed IV antibiotics before it became mastoiditis, which then moves into the brain, he almost OD’ed himself on pain relief only fentanyl worked. In Australia all natural medicines are on the self serve shelves, antibiotics and pain relief etc are behind the counter, you need a prescription for all antibiotics.

  17. Rich
    June 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    It’s an interesting, horrible and baffling question. “Ebed, who was interviewed on the same days as his wife, told police he has similar views on modern medicine. Although, he said if he has been aware his daughter was so ill, he would have taken her to a doctor.”

    What does this tell us about the way they were thinking? They believe modern medicine is Wrong and Unnecessary, unless their child is really ill in which case it suddenly becomes useful and necessary because it can do things that homeopathy can’t – but that it’s still worth withholding it to the point where the child’s life is in danger? Does it indicate that somewhere, deep down, in some really repressed and awkward way, they understood that how they were treating their child was actually useless?

  18. Rich
    June 19, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Although I think Rand makes an excellent point too; they may have been ignorant people in unfortunate circumstances who were misled by a very plausible and slick industry selling bogus medicine.

  19. Sue
    June 19, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Perhaps I am too cynical, but was this child’s body checked for evidence of past physical abuse?

    As horrible as a child dying from a parent’s ignorance may be, what if the parents were in fact abusive or neglectful and are trying to weasel out of a murder/manslaughter charge by claiming they believed in homeopathy? I keep thinking about this child NEVER having been to a doctor. And too young to go to school. If this child were physically abused, it could have gone undetected.

    Obviously, homeopathy wouldn’t have fixed her ear infection, but is there any evidence, other than the parents’ testimony, that they even administered that much?

  20. Dai
    July 4, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Poor child
    1. Herbals cant cure anything?
    Strictly untrue a lot of plants are medicinally viable (morphine codine atropine digitalis cocaine quinine) all from plants quinine is from bark not an herbaceous plant but a plant non the less.
    2. These ARE chemicals synthetic or natural they are chemicals that are reactive. Thats why they work. Medicine is something (from any source) that works or else its quackery. Homeopathy is plain silly.
    What i dont understand is why natural is seen as best, dying of cancer is totally natural, targeted radio-therapy is not (example of my point). And why is herbal medicine seen as always safe by these morons!? Many plants also contain some of the deadliest know poisons. Wow ignorance is amusing. But when it costs an innocent child their life, then im afraid the joke has gone way to far. WAKE UP! FACT IS FACT. Is logical thought that hard for some people?
    I weep for humanity (well a percentage of it)

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