CHANDLER — The death of a 4-year-old boy in rural Lincoln County is under investigation, Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said Friday.
The body of Troy Damelio was taken Thursday to the state medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.
The cause and manner of death have not been determined, Elliott said.
Dougherty said the boy's parents called Thursday to report the child died at the family's trailer home at 850661 S State Highway 18. The parents said he had a fever for about a week before he died.
Investigators were told the parents are members of the Church of the Firstborn in the Parkland community. Dougherty said members are known not to seek medical help for illnesses.
A spokesman for the Church of the Firstborn could not be reached for comment Friday, but the church's website discusses the church's beliefs regarding medical treatment. Members are taught to obey the word of God, which requires them “to also obey the laws of our land and our government.”
The website quotes James 5:14, which encourages the sick to call for the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil.
Members are instructed to immediately notify their county health department and state Department of Human Services if they choose not to take a sick child to the doctor and to comply with all laws. The site also includes a form members can send to those agencies when a child is sick inviting authorities to examine the child.
The parents' names were not released. They also have a 1-year-old child, Dougherty said.
He said the DHS has been notified about the death. A report will be sent to the district attorney's office when it is completed, Dougherty said.