It’s Tuesday again, and there is another report of death due to stupidity. We will never run out of Tuesdays:
4-year-old Natali Joy Mudd was found dead by detectives in her own home, with a tumor in her eye that was almost as big as the rest of her head. At the horrific scene, a police sergeant found horizontal trails of blood along the walls of the house. The trails matched the height of the girl’s head. Natali had apparently been leaning against the wall as she dragged herself from room to room, blinded, trying to find a way to freedom, before the tumor killed her. (Stauth 2013)
Natali’s parents belonged to the Faith Assembly Church, a Pentecostal offshoot. They didn’t believe in medical care, and they were not prosecuted because Indiana had strict religious shield laws. Two years later, Natali’s five-year-old sister died from an untreated tumor in her stomach the size of a basketball.
This CSICOP posting notes that Natali’s parents were not prosecuted because of an Indiana law that protect parents who murder their children, provided the killing is in accordance with a sincere religious conviction. We should all be so well protected.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.