Dad didn't consider doctor for dying kid

July 1, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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OREGON CITY, Ore., July 1 (UPI) -- An Oregon man said in a taped police interview played for jurors Wednesday his family never considered seeking medical help for his dying daughter.

The interview led off the opening day of testimony in the trial of Carl Worthington and his wife, Raylene, who are charged with manslaughter in the pneumonia death of their 15-month-old daughter, Ava, last year.

The (Portland) Oregonian said Worthington told Clackamas County sheriff's detectives he and his family tried praying, fasting and laying of hands to help the ailing child, but did not consider taking her to a doctor.

"I don't believe in them (doctors)," Worthington said. "I believe in faith healing."

Worthington also told the two detectives he did not think a doctor would have helped Ava although physicians said after the girl died antibiotics could have cured her.

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