A couple denies medical attention to their dying daughter because of their religious convictions. Detectives discover that the they may have had doubts about their actions, so the D.A. charges them with endangering and manslaughter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Henderson Forsythe ...
Lucius Carpenter
Judge Nelson Kurland
Ted Driscoll
Joyce Reehling ...
Eleanor Harding
Kaiulani Lee ...
Nancy Driscoll
Reverend Morley
Dr. Stanback


After a little girl dies of strep throat, Cerretta and Logan investigate the reasons why and leads them the parents, who belong to a religion where modern medicine is forbidden by it's doctrine. Stone and Robinette look for a way to prosecute them as they protect themselves with their Constitional rights of religious choice. Written by danny gonzalez

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22 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Based on the Alex Dale Morris case. Morris was 4 years old in February 1989 when he began complaining of fever and congestion. The child was anointed with holy oil and the members of his church's Oregon congregation prayed for Alex for 46 days. Even though a police officer, acting on an anonymous tip, had stopped by the check on the boy, everyone kept insisting he was fine. Alex died on April 15, 1989, of a lung infection that could have been easily cured by antibiotics. See more »


In the hospital this child went into cardiac arrest; complete cardiac standstill with the monitor showing no signs of cardiac activity. The resident still chose to attempt cardioversion of the stilled heart. Cardioversion with complete cardiac standstill is never done. There must be some activity either atrial or ventricular but absent either, it is futile to attempt. See more »

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No doctor cross our doors
12 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Supporters of those religious freedom laws to check anti- discrimination statutes will cheer for the exercise that Byron Jennings and Kaulani Lee in their religious. Their little girl dies because this wacko church they belong to forbids its members to use physicians.

Michael Moriarty gets to prosecute these two and the church lawyer Henderson Forsythe defends them in court. What seems simple to me is not necessarily that easy to prosecute, constitution and all.

When Hippocrates invented and practiced the first rudimentary medicine instead of leaving minor illness in the hands of those Greek Gods you have to wonder what faced back in those ancient days.

The couple is an appealing one. Hard working dad and all American soccer mom. Still I would have hung them both as that child was a gift from God as well.

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