Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christian Scientist's Case Settled in California

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christian Scientist's Case Settled in California

Article excerpt

A California Christian Scientist, Laurie Walker, was found guilty in Sacramento Thursday of involuntary manslaughter as part of a settlement agreement.

Ms. Walker was charged after her 4-year-old daughter, Shauntay, died in 1984 of what was later diagnosed as meningitis. The mother had turned to prayer to treat the girl instead of conventional medicine.

In the settlement, Walker, her attorneys, and Sacramento assistant chief deputy district attorney John O'Mara agreed to submit the question of guilt or innocence to a superior court judge, who would make a determination based on the evidence presented at a preliminary hearing in September 1984. Under California law, this arrangement will enable Walker to appeal her conviction. Defense lawyer Thomas Volk is preparing the appeal.

The procecution also agreed to drop a charge of felony child endangerment.

The settlement calls for Walker to receive a sentence of two- to four-years' probation, a $300fine, and up to 600 hours of community service. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.