An Idaho sheriff’s daunting battle to investigate when children of a faith-healing sect die

Apr 25, 2017

By Nigel Duara

The coroner’s van pulled into the driveway sometime after midnight, and for a moment — her dead daughter in her arms — LaTisha Shippy hated God.

“I had hate in my heart for him,” Shippy said. “I questioned my faith, and why this was happening. You don’t lose four children and not have some of that.”

Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris found Shippy in bed and the baby’s body, cleaned and dressed, on a changing table in another room. “It was apparent that she had been dead for a while, as the skin was slipping off the entire torso of the baby,” DeGeus-Morris wrote in a coroner’s report.

The baby had been dead inside Shippy’s womb for days, DeGeus-Morris concluded, and yet Shippy had sought no medical help when she’d felt the nearly full-term baby stop moving. She and her fellow Followers of Christ consider professional medicine an engine of the devil. Instead, she had prayed.

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One comment on “An Idaho sheriff’s daunting battle to investigate when children of a faith-healing sect die”

  • “In deep-red Idaho, where the right to be left alone trumps all ideologies, lawmakers have repeatedly rejected proposed changes to the law that would impose criminal or civil penalties for failing to seek medical care for children with life-threatening conditions.”

    So abortion, even of a few-hours’ old bundle of cells, is anathema; but they’ll quite happily let die near-term babies, and even young children, for want of medical treatment.
    (If nothing else, this double standard illustrates it’s not so much concern over new life that’s important to them, as it is control over women’s bodies.)

    All for a belief that professional medicine is the devil’s work. So what if they believe that? It no more justifies child abuse and child neglect than it would murder or any other crime.



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