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Lincoln County boy's death is under investigation

A 4-year-old Oklahoma boy died after a weeklong illness. The sheriff said his parents are members of a church that does not believe in seeking medical help.
by Robert Medley Published: April 28, 2012

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.


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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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