Thursday, June 23, 2011

Opelika woman pleads guilty in son's death; she prayed but did not seek medical help

OPELIKA, Alabama — An Alabama woman who prayed for the healing of her sick son rather than taking him to a doctor pleaded guilty in his death but isn't going to prison.
Court records show 47-year-old Kay Lynn Burdette of Opelika pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide last week in the death of 17-year-old Jesse Lynn Burdette.
The teenager died at home in 2008 after suffering from flulike symptoms for weeks. Authorities say he had pneumonia.
Burdette wrote a letter to a Lee County judge saying her conscience is clear about her son's death. The self-employed cleaning woman says she didn't seek treatment because of her and her son's belief in trusting God for healing.
A judge gave the woman a suspended six-month sentence, meaning she won't serve any time in jail

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