An unusual and deeply disturbing case is making headlines in Colorado and across the nation. A couple has lost custody of their two young children, ages 2 and 3, after the death of their newborn infant. According to investigators, the parents intentionally refused medical care for the baby, despite signs that the child was in distress. Now, they seem to be making a stand as they face an increasingly difficult child custody battle with their state of residence.
The couple is part of a religious group known as the Free Saints Assembly Church. That group does not believe in seeking medical treatment that extends beyond basic first aid measures. The mother gave birth at home, and both her own mother and a midwife present at the scene urged her to seek medical treatment for her newborn.