It’s the 21st century, and the human population continues to reap the benefits of Bronze Age wisdom. One of those benefits being an early and unpleasant death:
OKANOGAN, Wash. — A faith-healing Washington couple accused of being criminally responsible for their teenage son’s death for failing to call a doctor have been acquitted of second-degree murder charges.
The Wenatchee World reports that the Okanogan County Superior Court jury also acquitted JaLea Swezey of first-degree manslaughter on Monday night but couldn’t reach a verdict for Greg Swezey on that count.
After nine hours of deliberation, the jury could not reach a decision about either parent on a second-degree manslaughter count.
Zachery Swezey was 17 when he died at his Carlton home of a ruptured appendix in March 2009.
Jurors were told the couple belong to the Church of the First Born, which believes in faith healing. The Swezeys told investigators they thought their son had the flu. They also said the boy chose not to see a doctor.
If there is one bright light to come out of this tale of undying faith, it’s that Mr. and Mrs. Swezey will not be separated, allowing them to head back to the marriage bed to produce a new victim to replace the one they just dispensed with. Happy whoopee.