Faith-healing Parents Ask for Dismissal of Case

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - Parents charged with manslaughter in the death of their baby have asked an Oregon judge to dismiss the case based on their constitutional right to religious freedom.

Carl and Raylene Worthington have pleaded not guilty to charges that they failed to seek medical treatment, instead relying on prayer and faith healing.

Their 15-month-old daughter, Ava, died March 2 of pneumonia that state medical examiners said was treatable.

The Worthingtons belong to the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City.

Their case may be the first test of an Oregon law revised in 1999 after a public outcry over the preventable deaths of children whose parents are church members.

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

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