The newborn girl was refused help by her own parents – the couple has been charged with involuntary manslaughter
Joshua Barry Piland, 36, and his wife, Rachel Joy Piland, 30, allegedly refused any medical care for the little Abigail, as “God makes no mistakes”. declared in the official statement, the woman did not listen to any advice in order to help her daughter get the medical help she needed.
“Rachel declined to seek any medical treatment for Abigail, stating, ‘God makes no mistakes.’ She indicated to the midwife that the baby was fine. They then brought Abigail upstairs to pray for her. Joshua continued to massage Abigail, attempting to get her good air. Both Josh and [Rachel] reached out to friends and fellow church members to come to their home and pray for Abigail’s resurrection but never called the police,” police detective Peter Scaccia testified on the case.
Later on, the little girl was found dead. Her parents were found by her side, praying for her. The autopsy indicated that, without medical attention, Abigail Piland died from unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, which are complications of jaundice.
The couple will be trialled in court for manslaughter on October 5th.