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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
State v. Williams
Citation:4 Wash.App. 908, 484 P.2d 1167 (1971)
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Walter Williams, a 24 year old Sheshont Indian with a sixth grade education, and Bernice Williams, a 20 year old part Indian with an eleventh grade education, had a fourteen month old son. Both possessed a great deal of love and affection for the baby.
Between September 1, 1968, and September 12, 1968, the baby was ill. The defendants did not realize how sick the baby was. They believed he had a toothache and did not regard a toothache as dangerous to life. They gave him aspirin in hopes of improving his condition. They did not take him to the hopsital because they were afraid that the Welfare Department would take the baby away from them. They knew that medical help was available because of pervious experience, and had no lawful excuse for not taking thebaby to a doctor. The baby died on September 12, 1968.
The defendants were found guilty of manslaughter. They appealed.
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