SYDNEY – An Australian couple has been sentenced to jail time after being convicted for the manslaughter of their baby girl.
She died after they chose to use homeopathic remedies instead of conventional medicine to treat her skin disorder.
Thomas Sam, a college lecturer in homeopathy, has been sentenced to up to eight years behind bars. His wife is facing a maximum of five years and four months.
The parents were convicted in June of the manslaughter of their nine-month-old, who died of septicemia and malnutrition in 2002. She became malnourished while battling frequent infections that grew through skin broken by her severe rashes. Her parents eventually took her to a hospital, where she died within days.
The judge in the case says her parents' failure to seek proper help for her "may be characterized accurately as cruelty."