Defense attorney challenges autopsy in faith-healing death

Defense attorney question’s child’s autopsy

OREGON CITY, Ore. — A lawyer for one of two faith-healing believers on trial for the death of their 15-month-old daughter is criticizing aspects of the child’s autopsy.

Attorney Mark Cogan said Tuesday during closing arguments that the autopsy of Ava Worthington included mistaken measurements of the girl.

He also says there were misleading conclusions about a cyst the prosecution says led to her death and faulty judgment about the cause of death.

Cogan represents Carl Brent Worthington, who with his wife, Raylene, is on trial for manslaughter and criminal mistreatment.

Raylene Worthington’s attorney is expected to make closing arguments on Wednesday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A prosecutor in the trial of two faith-healing believers says they had chances throughout the life of their daughter to seek the medical care she needed to survive.

But Steven Mygrant of Clackamas County said Tuesday that Carl Brent and Raylene Worthington failed to do what a reasonable person would have done given their child’s distress — get her to a doctor.

Mygrant asked a jury to convict the Worthingtons of manslaughter and criminal neglect in the death of 15-month-old Ava Worthington.

Closing arguments continued Tuesday. The case could go to the jury Wednesday.

Under Oregon law, conviction requires 10 votes from the 12-person jury.


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