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12/12/2014 10:47 pm  #1


Oregon City appeal

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Oregon City faith-healing mom to remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal

November 19, 2012

A member of an Oregon City-based faith-healing church will remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal. A Clackamas County judge turned down a petition Monday for early release while the conviction of Shannon Mae Hickman, a member of the Followers of Christ church, is reviewed by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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Hickman and her husband, Dale Ryan Hickman, both began serving six-year, three-month prison sentences last year after they were convicted of second-degree manslaughter for failing to seek medical care for their son David, who was born two months premature and lived less than nine hours. An autopsy found he had staph pneumonia and underdeveloped lungs. 

Attorney Bronson D. James, representing Shannon Hickman, said his client was "not a public safety menace" and that her release would provide a parental presence for the couple's two children, Daisy, 8, and Dale, 16 months. He said he expected the Oregon Court of Appeals to rule on her appeal in about three years. "If the appeal is denied, she would have to serve the rest of her sentence," James said.

He said having both parents in prison at the same time potentially could impose a hardship on the children during their formative years. However, Presiding Circuit Judge Robert D. Herndon said many sentences may affect other members of the defendants' families who, themselves, have not committed any crimes. 

"I am cognizant of the impact on these young children. I am aware of that," Herndon said. "But I am not willing to stay execution of this sentence. The sentence, to me, is an appropriate sentence and has the same consequences (on family members) as any other case."

 

 

12/12/2014 10:59 pm  #2


Re: Oregon City appeal

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Parents take stand in faith-healing trial
Oct 25, 2011 

OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -An Oregon City couple accused of manslaughter took the stand in their own defense Tuesday. Dale and Shannon Hickman belong to the Followers of Christ Church and did not seek medical help when their son was born two months early.

Little David Hickman died exactly two years ago Tuesday in his grandmother's home, attended by church members, including unlicensed midwives.

"Why did you not take him to the hospital?" asked prosecutor Mike Reagan.  

Dale Hickman answered, "He didn't need it."

Because the Hickman's did not ask for medical help when Shannon Hickman went into labor nor after the premature birth, the prosecution charged second-degree manslaughter.

"Now, do you think there is nothing you could have done?" the district attorney asked.  

"No," Dale Hickman replied.

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But the prosecution considers David Hickman a victim of manslaughter. However, the defense offered a video taken within the first hour of the infant's life showing a tiny, but apparently healthy, boy. The exhausted parents testified they feel asleep. Others fed the baby and kept him warm but awakened Dale Hickman several hours later when the baby struggled to breathe.

"I only held him for minutes before he passed," Dale Hickman said.  "No one could have done anything."

"You could have called a doctor?"  the prosecutor asked him.

"I could have," Dale Hickman replied.

"You could have done Internet research, but you chose not to, correct?" the prosecutor asked.

"Yes," Dale Hickman responded.

Shannon Hickman testified that men in her church make the decisions, but both Hickman's said that church members who seek medical care are not ostracized.  She testified she did not object to the decision to treat their son only by anointing with oil and laying on of hands.

"I didn't even see him until after his death," Shannon Hickman testified. "He was perfectly formed."  

The defendants are the last witnesses for the defense. Closing arguments are scheduled for late Wednesday morning.

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"I didn't even see him until after his death."

In these churches, the men make the decisions. Where are the women when babies are dying? Why are mothers not caring for their own newborn baby, hours after birth? If she had not seen the baby until after he died, then the baby was not put to the breast or held by its mother. Something is very wrong here.

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