Infant Dies Of Jaundice After Couple Chooses Prayer Over Medicine

Rachel and Joshua Piland, a couple from Lansing, Michigan, chose to depend on the power of prayer rather than efficacious medicine when their child, Abigail, became ill with jaundice. Abigail's cause of death were unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, conditions related to jaundice.

According to the Lansing State Journal, her parents attempted to resurrect the deceased child until the police arrived.

On the morning of Feb. 9, the mother and daughter noticed blood coming out of Abigail's nose, and that the baby wasn't eating or breathing well. Rebecca Kerr wanted to call for help but "Rachel would not allow her," Scaccia said. Around 11 a.m., Rachel Piland found her daughter "lifeless and not breathing" in a bouncy seat. She took the baby to Joshua Piland — her husband and Abigail's father — who had been asleep.

"He attempted one rescue breath but had no success," the detective said. "He did not want to perform CPR because he only knew how to perform it on adults, not children. "They then brought Abigail upstairs to pray for her. Joshua continued to massage Abigail, attempting to get her good air. Both Josh and (Rachel) reached out to friends and fellow church members to come to their home and pray for Abigail’s resurrection, but never called the police.”

Both parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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Charge them with negligent homicide. It was not involuntary, it was a conscious act of stupidity and cruelty. Resurrection!! Well, Darwin Award to these morons. There will not be any children born to their victim.