Another Oregon Baby is Dead After Her Faith-Healing Mother Didn’t Get Medical Help in Time

Last Saturday, 24-year-old Sarah Mitchell gave birth to twins. They were born prematurely, and the first one is currently in intensive care at a nearby hospital. The second one didn’t make it. She had breathing problems and died shortly after birth.

That’s tragic, no doubt, but there are looming questions about whether this was inevitable. That’s because Mitchell and her husband are members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon — which is to say they’re the type of people who believe prayers will fix everything and say no to doctors whenever they can. This is a church whose members have killed several babies and children over the past decade because of their faith-based negligence.

Followers of Christ Church

Followers of Christ Church

In Mitchell’s case, no one who witnessed her home-birth even called 911.

Family members, church members and three midwives were at the home for the birth, Kraus said. No one in the home called 911.

After the baby’s death, church elder Carl Hansen contacted the county medical examiner, who determined that Mitchell’s surviving infant daughter needed medical attention and called police.

At least one person had the sense to call authorities — though we’ll find out soon enough if it happened too late. It’s also possible that, had Mitchell been cared for in a hospital, doctors would’ve noticed the problems earlier and the babies would both be alive and healthy today.

Mitchell, by the way, is the sister of Shannon Hickman, a woman who’s currently in jail for allowing her own newborn son to die of a preventable disease.

This desire for godly homicide runs in the family. All the more reason to investigate Mitchell to see whether she was complicit in the death of her baby.

(Thanks to Richard for the link)

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