The teenager died of complications from a congenital urinary tract blockage that doctors testified could have been treated up until the day he died.
The Beagleys' 15-month-old granddaughter, Ava Worthington, died in March 2008 of pneumonia and a blood infection that also could have been treated.Instead, Neil and Ava were anointed with oil while the family prayed and laid on hands.
But one of the defense attorneys, Wayne Mackeson, insisted the trial was about the care they provided as parents, not about their beliefs [Me: which, I concede, are apparently "fringe"].
"It's never been a referendum on the church. This case involves parents who didn't understand how sick their child was," he said. [emphasis added]