The Oregonian - July 23, 2009
Jury acquits Worthingtons of all but 1 charge in daughter's death
by The Oregonian
Randy L. Rasmussen/The OregonianRaylene (left) and Carl Worthington react emotionally as the verdicts are read today. A jury found Carl Worthington guilty of criminal mistreatment in the 2008 death of his daughter. Worthington and his wife, Raylene, used faith healing to treat 15-month-old Ava, who died in 2008 of bronchial pneumonia and a blood infection.
THE CASE: Carl and Raylene Worthington, members of the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City, faced manslaughter and criminal mistreatment charges in the death of their 15-month-old daughter. Ava Worthington died in March 2008 from complications from pneumonia and a blood infection, both treatable conditions.
THE VERDICT: A Clackamas County jury finds Carl Worthington guilty of criminal mistreatment, a misdemeanor. Jurors acquit Carl Worthington of manslaughter and Raylene Worthington of both mistreatment and manslaughter.
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