Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Defense: Healers thought dying son had cold or flu

Last updated January 19, 2010 1:08 p.m. PT

Defense: Healers thought dying son had cold or flu
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OREGON CITY, Ore. -- A prosecutor in the trial of an Oregon couple charged with negligent homicide in the faith-healing death of their 16-year-old son says the defendants failed to meet the community standard for medical care.

Prosecutor Greg Horner made his statements Tuesday to a Clackamas County jury in opening statements in the case of Jeff and Marci Beagley of Oregon City,

The teen died in June 2008 of complications from a urinary tract blockage that doctors said could have been treated.

Defense attorneys say the defendants were not aware of the serious disease affecting their son Neil because his symptoms resembled a cold or flu.

The trial is expected to last at least two weeks.

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