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 the Church's 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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In God's Hands.
17 July 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

A little girl dies because the mother and father belong to a church that doesn't believe in medical treatment, only prayer therapy. It's a first amendment issue. How much latitude is given to religious freedom under the Constitution? If the grieving parents are convicted of a crime, then doesn't that interfere with their right to practice the religion of their choice? The issue is a Big One, of course, but as usual the story successfully avoids dealing with political philosophy and concentrates on the two people responsible for withholding proper medical care. It's a continuing feature of the series to bring up a major issue and then side step it. Not to criticize the series because in its first decade it more than established its bona fides, but in its unwillingness to deal at greater length with the larger issue, the writers and Dick Wolf have decided to settle for commercial appeal and a "very good" rating instead of taking a stab at something that's rather more than very good.

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