A Christian couple – Rachel Joy Piland, 30, and her husband, Joshua Barry Piland, 36 – have each been charged with a single count of involuntary manslaughter arising out of the death in February of their newborn daughter.
According to this report, when the infant became ill, the mother, from Lansing, Michigan, refused to have her medically treated, told the midwife her baby was fine, and that:
God makes no mistakes.
Two days later the infant was dead.
At the time of their daughter’s death, the Pilands appear to have been involved with a Lansing-based Bible school called Faith Tech Ministries, which describes itself online as nondenominational but similar to other “full gospel” or “Pentecostal” organisations.
The woman, 30-year-old Rachel Joy Piland, and her husband, 36-year-old Joshua Barry Piland, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The midwife, who had previously helped deliver two of Rachel Piland’s children, expressed no concerns about the child’s health when she and an assistant delivered baby Abigail.
But when the midwife saw the baby on February 7, her assessment changed.
Abigail appeared jaundiced, and the midwife advised Rachel Piland to take the child to a pediatrician or an emergency room. She told Piland the baby could suffer brain damage or die if not properly cared for.
Rachel declined to seek any medical treatment for Abigail, stating God makes no mistakes. She indicated to the midwife that the baby was fine.
When police later arrived at the home they went upstairs and found a baby that had passed away and three other people praying for it.
Dr Patrick Hansma, a medical examiner at Sparrow Hospital, later conducted an autopsy and found that Abigail died from unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus. Both conditions are related to jaundice.
Hansma reported said:
If treated, most likely she would’ve been alive.
The husband and wife were each charged with a single count of involuntary manslaughter and released after posting $75,000 bond on September 21. Their next hearing is scheduled for October 5 in Lansing’s 54A District Court. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.