Is it child neglect to refuse medical care based on religious beliefs?

A Lansing couple facing involuntary manslaughter charges after failing to seek medical treatment for their newborn daughter will go before the Supreme Court Wednesday in an attempt to regain custody of their two older sons.

The boys were removed from Rachel and Joshua Piland’s custody seven weeks after Abigail Piland’s February 2017 death. Abigail was three days old. She died from conditions related to jaundice after her parents refused a midwife’s urging to seek medical treatment because of their religious beliefs.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services petitioned to have the boys removed from the Pilands’ care due to a “concern of threatened harm of physical neglect,” according to a petition to terminate parental rights.

Read the full article at the Lansing State Journal.


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