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Idaho loophole allows kids to die

In his Sunday editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments:

While the Idaho Legislature dances around the question, more children have fallen victim to faith healing.

In other words, their parents declined to obtain the basic medical care that would spare their lives.

In its third annual report, the Idaho Child Fatality Review Team found that in 2013 - the last year for which information is available - five newborns died for lack of medical care. Their ailments included meconium aspiration, intestinal blockages and sepsis.

That's compared to two Idaho children who died from faith healing in 2012 and three deaths in 2011.

And there's a graveyard in Canyon County filled with the children of the Followers of Christ. Of the 130 people buried at the Peaceful Valley Cemetery, 40 are children - or 10 times the number you'd expect. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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