The whole story of Jeff and Marci Beagley and their son is tragic. They allowed their son to die of an inflammation of his urethra because they figured a god would cure him. Instead of taking him to a doctor for real help, they prayed… and sat back idly while he suffered.
At least there’s some justice. A jury found them guilty of criminally negligent homicide.
… The jury informed the Clackamas County Circuit Court of their decision Tuesday afternoon, after the two-week trial ended last Friday.
The couple was [scheduled] for sentencing on Feb. 18.
Hopefully, the sentencing here will be strict enough to send a message to other faith-healing parents: Prayer should never be the final answer when someone else’s life is on the line.This is irresponsible parenting stemming from bad religion.
It brightens my day to know that Jeff and Marci Beagley were found guilty by a jury of their peers. It gives me faith in humanity to know that they will pay for what, to us, is so obviously a crime. What disturbs me beyond measure is defense attorney Wayne Mackeson’s comments following the trial. He stated that the trial was never about Jeff and Marci’s religious beliefs, but was instead about the care that they provided as parents.
It would seem, to me, that in fact one followed the other.
When a perfectly acceptable solution is a phone call or short drive away, there’s no excuse to let a child die because you wanted to please a god. The law should recognize that and let the Beagleys take a hard fall for their criminal actions.