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Thread #109821   Message #2299344
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
28-Mar-08 - 12:33 AM
Thread Name: BS: Religious freedom, or murder?
Subject: RE: BS: Religious freedom, or murder?
The parents who prayed over their daughter didn't beat her, but the outcome was the same. The state needed to intervene. Part of the problem is the funding priority--it's often so low that the caseworkers that are hired are minimally trained and not professionals in the field. But I daresay even a caseworker trainee would have recognized this child's need for medical attention. The distant family didn't know where the parents were living, it took many days and several calls to narrow the information down. Her death, and making themselves difficult to find, could serve as the prima facie evidence that they knew they were doing something that wasn't quite kosher.

Perhaps the courts have more money for prosecuting than the CPS folks have for caseworkers.

Eli Creekmore. New York Times story here.

Jan. 1, 1988

It's a long article, but I'll stop there.