Convicted Oregon City faith healer stays in prison

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OREGON CITY, Ore. — A member of an Oregon City faith-healing church will remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal.

A Clackamas County judge turned down a petition Monday for early release while the conviction of Shannon Mae Hickman is reviewed by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

She and her husband, Dale Ryan Hickman, are members of the Followers of Christ church who began serving six-year sentences last year after they were convicted for failing to seek help for their premature baby son who had underdeveloped lungs.

The Oregonian reports that in three recent cases, parents from the church were held criminally responsible for failing to provide medical care for their children.