Faith Healers Face Trial In Teen Son's Death

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in the trial of an Oregon City couple charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of their son, the latest Oregon case involving faith healing deaths.

Jeff and Marci Beagley are accused of failing to provide adequate medical care for 16-year-old Neil Beagley, who died in 2008 of an untreated urinary tract blockage.

The Beagleys are also the parents of Raylene Worthington, whose 15-month-old daughter -- the Beagleys' granddaughter -- died in 2008 of pneumonia and a blood infection.

Worthington and her husband, Carl Brent Worthington, were acquitted of manslaughter in the girl's death. But a jury convicted Carl Brent Worthington of criminal mistreatment.

The Oregon Legislature changed state law on faith healing in 1999 after a series of child deaths among members of the Followers of Christ Church. The Beagleys and Worthingtons are members.


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  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 20, 2010 at 09:10 PM
    It has nothing to do with either one of the Presidents or any health care plan, since no one sought treatment. Duh?
  • by Yep Vance on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    But more like Bushy Death Care since he was still in office in 2008.
  • by Vance on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:37 PM
    This sounds like OBONGA DEATH CARE to me.Brainwashing VooDoo!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    Frikkin' Oregon. *sigh* (Yes, I know whereof I speak.. have spent some time there.)
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 19, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    Faith is good to have, for some of us this is what gets us through the day and night. The good Lord also gave us a brain that we might work some things out for ourselves, including giving some a brain that supports the requirements for being a doctor. Now these parents missed the line up for BRAINS.
  • by C on Jan 19, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    This reminds me of that old joke about the man who was trapped on the roof of his home as flood waters rose ever higher. He was approached by a man in a boat and also a Coast Guard helicopter,both offering him a ride. He turned them both down,saying "God will save me." When he finally drowned and went to Heaven,he asked God why He'd let him drown. God said to him: "You dummy! I sent you a boat and a helicopter!" I'm a Christian,and I know that God sometimes does heal us Himself..but sometimes He lets doctors do it.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    I agree Jethro & Anonymous. God provides us with medical help if needed. If the subject doesn't receive their healing from God through elders & prayer warriors, then it's time to seek medical help. Many times it depends upon ones strength of faith for a miracle to happen by God. The keys are Believing as well as common sense.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    These folks are so far down the rabbit hole they'll never even put a thought to the fact they let their own son die. Wouldn't be surprised if the family put up a super sentimental blog detailing how God couldn't wait to bring their child to Heaven.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    I think this is God's way of weeding out the stupid people. Sure God provides everything we need...including the good sense to get medical attention.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    So sad. Some people let faith make them nuts!!!!! God works through people, including DOCTORS!!!!! It looks like it would have been something so easy to cure. Burns me up .
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