Husband, Others, Guilty of Wrongful Death of Wife in Faith Healing Case

Caleb Horner, his brother John and midwife Amber Leather were found guilty in a wrongful death lawsuit brought against them by the parents of Caleb’s deceased wife, Misty Horner. Misty died of infection following an emergency episiotomy performed by her husband with a pair of scissors. Caleb and John Horner, along with Amber Leather, chose prayer in lieu of professional medical treatment for Misty.

Via Fox4KC:

According to court testimony, the Horner’s and Leather were part of a church created by John Horner, who believes himself to be an “apostle” and who preached that prayer will heal physical ailments, not modern medicine.

“You can believe whatever you want that’s the great thing about this country — but you can’t manipulate people, you can’t brain wash people,” said Danny Thomas, attorney for Misty Horner’s parents, Gail and Darrell Mansfield.

According to investigators, Caleb Horner performed an emergency episiotomy on Misty Horner with a pair of scissors as the baby, named Sydney, was born dead and in a breach position. Investigators say that Misty Horner was septic and suffering from a terrible infection.

Misty Horner’s parents say that they were kept away from their daughter, but when they finally saw her she was clearly dying. They asked Caleb Horner to take their daughter to the hospital, but they say he refused, calling the situation “God’s will.”

Witnesses say that at one point, Misty Horner put her clothes on to go to the hospital, but was convinced that she just needed to believe in God’s healing power.

Misty Horner’s best friend, Tina Moore, testified that their religion required Misty Horner to be submissive to her husband at all times. In December 2006, Misty went into labor. According to Moore, Caleb Horner hired two midwives who were unqualified to deliver a baby, as Moore said they asked her to look up information in guide books.

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Hat tip: Sharon Hill of Doubtful News

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  • Ted Heistman

    Obviously a bad situation. I kind of support people’s rights to have home deliveries and midwives and things like that, though. This is obviously not the way to do it.

  • Rex Vestri

    See what happens when you use scissors! Everything would’ve been just fine if he had used a box cutter instead.

    • Calypso_1

      Ouch

  • BuzzCoastin

    this is why prayer should not be allowed in schools
    it doesn’t work for shit & it could kill someone

  • lazy_friend

    Same type of thing happened in the basement of one of the units at the condo complex where I reside. Home administered liposuction killed this poor girl. At least it was in the name of bringing sexy back and not jebus. Still gross, even pro surgeons make you sign waivers, because someone is sure to go six feet under sooner or later.