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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
Hermanson v. State
Citation:604 So.2d 775
Defendants in this case were members of the first Church of Christ. Because of their religious beliefs, they failed to provide their child with medical treatment when she became ill with diabetes. She ended up dying from the illness. Defendants were sentenced to four years in prison for child abuse resulting in third-degree murder. They claim that the statutes under which they were convicted (the Florida child abuse statute and the Florida third-degree murder statute) are ambiguous and failed to provide them with enough notice that their reliance on spiritual treatment would render them culpable.
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