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Faith-Healing Parents Get Probation For Negligent Death Of Son

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An Oregon couple whose teenaged son died from a burst appendix because they don't believe in modern medicine accepted a plea deal to avoid jail. Last December, Austin Sprout became sick with flu-like symptoms. Instead of taking the 16 year old to a doctor, his mother and stepfather chose to pray for his recovery. Sprout's condition deteriorated over more than a week, however, and an autopsy revealed that an infection from the burst appendix killed him, the Crewsell Chronicle reported. In exchange to pleading guilty on Tuesday to negligent homicide, "faith healers" Russel and Brandi Bellew will be on probation for five years.

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