What happens when bad science meets bad parenting? Nothing good.
The 18-month-old daughter of Ebed S. Delozier and Christine E. Delozier died on February 23; on Wednesday last week charges were filed against both of the child’s parents, accusing them each of one count involuntary manslaughter, graded as a felony of the second degree, and endangering the welfare of children, graded as a felony of the third degree.
According to an investigation initiated by the Criminal Investigation Unit of the state police and the Bradford County Coroner’s Office, the the couple murdered their child with homeopathy.
A criminal affidavit from Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton’s Office elaborated more on the case. The couple had stayed in a camper along Hiduk Road in Herrick Township, Pennsylvania, which is property owned by the Hope Baptist Church. Ebed brought the toddler to the hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.
An RN on staff at the hospital told the criminal investigators that Christine Delozier, and her sister/the toddler’s aunt, Rebecca Delozier, arrived at the hospital shortly after Ebed brought the girl in. The nurse told investigators that the parents made it clear they didn’t believe in antibiotics or any other “chemicals” associated with modern medicine.
Sadly, as the parents found out, Bronze Aged faith healing as practiced by goat herders didn’t work any better. In fact, it didn’t work at all; despite the hospital’s best efforts, the little girl died some time later as a result of her parent’s rejection of medicine.
While the emergency room staff were working to save the toddler, who wasn’t breathing, the RN told the investigators that her parents were critiquing the process with statements like, “You’re putting holes in her” and, “You’re putting chemicals in her.”
The registered nurse also said the family related the toddler had been sick for two weeks, with symptoms like earache, headache, and a fever.
The parents “treated” the girl with homeopathic magic, in addition to using herbal “treatments” to “care” for the toddler.
When the child died, no immediate cause of death was noted. The Deloziers also reportedly said that they wouldn’t be able to afford the hospital bill, because this is America and we’re totally pro-life.
Christine Delozier in particular said that the child had never seen a medical doctor, never received any vaccinations, and they used natural and herbal “treatments” to try and boost the child’s immune system. The ear infection, according to Delozier, lasted a few weeks and an abscess that eventually formed ruptured, draining fluid from the toddler’s ear for about five days.
During the time, the toddler have a fever that varied between 99 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
The autopsy indicated that the toddler had died from “streptoccous pneumoniae meningitis.” According to Dr. James Terizan, who conducted the autopsy, the meningitis originated in a left ear infection. The doctor also noted that the victim was malnourished and dehydrated.
Dr. Terzian noted, “a simple antibiotic would have saved the victim’s life.”
Based on this, the Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman ruled the death a homicide.
The preliminary hearing for the Deloziers was scheduled for the middle of June at Judge Clark’s office.
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