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Couple gets 6 years in Ore. faith-healing case

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October 31, 2011 03:15 PM EST | AP


OREGON CITY, Ore. — A judge has sentenced two members of an Oregon church that embraces faith healing to more than six years in prison, telling them they could easily have kept their newborn son alive.

Dale and Shannon Hickman were convicted of manslaughter in the death of their son, David. The boy was born two months prematurely, weighed less than four pounds and lived less than nine hours.

They are the fourth couple in the congregation to stand trial.

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