A Christian Science couple was found guilty of murder for allowing their 7-year-old diabetic daughter to die without medical attention.
William Hermanson, 42, and his wife, Christine, 38, could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison under state sentencing guidelines. They were allowed to remain free until sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.A jury found the Hermansons guilty Tuesday of third-degree murder and child abuse in the 1986 death of their daughter, Amy. They had rejected a plea bargain agreement.
"We will be filing motions for a new trial," said defense attorney Charles Arnold. He said he was disappointed at the verdict.
The Hermansons were the first Christian Scientists in 20 years prosecuted in the United States for denying a child medical care for religious reasons, church representatives said. Five other religious exemption cases are pending, three in California, one each in Arizona and Massachusetts.