Second church couple indicted in faith healing death

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - A second couple who belong to an Oregon
church that practices faith healing has been indicted on criminal charges after the death of a child.

A Clackamas County grand jury has charged Jeffrey Dean and Marci
Rae Beagley with criminally negligent homicide in the death of their 16-year-old son, who died from a treatable condition.

The Beagleys belong to Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City, along with Raylene and Carl Brent Worthington, who were indicted on manslaughter charges for the March death of their 15-month-old daughter.

The Oregon Legislature in 1999 eliminated a "spiritual healing" defense, allowing prosecutors to charge parents if the death of their child could have been prevented by a doctor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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