Leonardo Blair – Jun 7, 2017
A young Christian couple who are members of the controversial Followers of Christ Church in Oregon have been charged with murder after one of their sick newborn twin daughters died when they chose to treat them with faith-healing prayers and oil instead of seeking medical help.
Sarah Mitchell, 24, and her husband, Travis Mitchell, 21, were arrested Monday and booked in the Clackamas County Jail without bail, according to KGW.
They were charged with murder by neglect and first-degree criminal mistreatment in the March 5 death of their daughter, Ginnifer Mitchell, said Oregon Live. Police say Ginnifer died after she developed breathing complications during the birthing process.
According to the indictment in the case, the couple are accused of “unlawfully and recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”