An Australian jury is considering manslaughter charges against parents of a baby girl who refused basic treatment of an eczema condition of their nine-month-old baby. The parents — Thomas Sam and Manju Sam — were believers in homeopathic treatment and stayed with their principles unmoved as the baby Gloria Sam died.
The parents are charged with manslaughter by gross criminal negligence.
The baby lived in agony due to the untreated condition and died from septicemia in May 2002 and had lost almost a quarter of her weight by her death.
We have seen similar cases of parental religious beliefs killing children in the United States.
In this case, the Indian-born father was trained in homeopathic medicine and told doctors that he “could not” comply with their referral to a dermatologist. It is not clear if there was a religious component or simply a unwavering faith in homeopathy.
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