Parents charged with homicide after treating toddler’s ear infection with homeopathy

An 18-month old child has died because her parents chose homeopathy and herbal supplements instead of proper medical care for an ear infection.

An 18-month old child has died because her parents chose homeopathy and herbal supplements instead of proper medical care for an ear infection.

Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week, after an investigation showed they knowingly chose not to get their daughter medical attention when she most needed it. When the father finally brought the sick child to the hospital back in March, it was too late. The coroner promptly contacted police, sparking the investigation.

From the Rocket-Courier:

Criminal investigators were told by a registered nurse on staff that the victim’s mother, Christine Delozier, and aunt, Rebecca Delozier, arrived at the hospital shortly after the victim. The nurse said that the victim’s parents made it clear they were against antibiotics and other chemicals associated with modern medicine.

While emergency room staff worked on the toddler, who was not breathing, the nurse said she overheard Christine Delozier making statements such as, “You’re putting holes in her” and, “You’re putting chemicals in her.”

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Hope Delozier

According to the investigation, the child had the ear infection for two weeks while the parents treated her with homeopathy techniques and herbal “medicine.” The child, Hope Delozier (pictured above), could have been cured with a simple dose of common antibiotics. Instead, she contracted streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis as a result of the infection.

The Deloziers were known to be vocal about their rejection of modern medical care. Christine allegedly came from a family that eschewed modern medicine as well. According to an interview with WNEP, she claimed that her “strong religious beliefs” influenced her decisions in regards to seeking medical care for Hope.

Watch a report on the story from WNEP:

[h/t: Addicting Info, featured image via screenshot]



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    Diana Phoenix

    June 18, 2015 at 12:10 am

    The Duggars’ cousins maybe? Just wondering.Sick, sick, sick. And now tragic.

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    June 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Water is a chemical too.

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    Michael Vinson

    June 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Another batch of nitwits that think their magical sky fairy is going to step in and save them. Not happening – today, tomorrow or ever.
    How sad that people like this will pray over a sick child hoping for a ‘miracle’, and when that fails and the child dies, ‘god needed another angel’. But if the real professionals at the hospital had saved her, it would been ‘praise god’ and ‘thank the lord’, and they would argue until the day they die that ‘god’ created the science that created the medicine, and gave these professionals their talents.
    It never ceases to amaze me that this ‘god’ being always gets credit for something good happening, but never the blame when it falls apart. ‘God works in strange ways, and we just have to accept that’. Are you people stoned or just stupid? I’m thinking it’s the latter.

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    Lucas Pyro White

    June 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Using the term homeopathy denotes tried, tested and true methods learned over thousands of years. What those morons tried was experimentation NOT homeopathy.
    Most modern medicine has roots in homeopathy and is simply more refined.

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    June 18, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This is bull crap. Do you have any idea how many different doctors I’ve taken my kids to who REFUSED to give my children antibiotics for things like ear infections unless it was ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY? Four. Four doctors. One of my kids ended up with ruptured ear drums TWICE because of this. These parents choose to try and treat an ear infection at home for a couple weeks, a rare instance of a worse infection develops, the child dies, and now they’re being charged for the baby’s death?! WHAT?!?! I don’t care if you like it or not, or if you spout off a million times, “But it’s for the children!” It’s got nothing to do with children’s welfare, and everything todo with an “I’m right and you’re wrong,” mentality. This was tragic, and perhaps avoidable, if the child had a decent doctor, and not one like my kids have had, but definitely not something the parents should be charged for. I think the unexpected death of their baby is enough, because I can’t think of any parent I know who hasn’t tried home remedies for their kids before resorting to a doctor’s office visit, for whatever reason (finances, personal beliefs, inaccessibility to medical care, etc). This is unbelievable.

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    June 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    It’s especially sad that pneumococcal meningitis is a vaccine preventable disease, so this child did not need to become ill and die. Neither did their son, who also contracted a VPD and perished. Neither child (nor any of their many siblings) was vaccinated.

    Poor kids.

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    Canyu Limbo

    June 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Meh. Stupid people die every day. If they die when they’re young it just means one less idiot to deal with in the future.

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    June 19, 2015 at 2:14 am

    too bad we cannot spay and neuter irresponsible parents like these
    can yo imagine what pain that child had for weeks

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    June 19, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Wrong. They choose not to take their child to a doctor at all. That is negligent homicide and child abuse.

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    June 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Why is it unbelievable? The parents should be charged because the baby died. Understand, the baby died.

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    Belle Rita Novak

    June 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    My daughter had meningitis many years ago, and was left deaf in one ear. She was only 19 months old. She had had lots of ear infections, so the germ that causes the ear infection can easily make its way to the brain. This was in the 60s, long before the vaccine was available. These are stupid parents whose beliefs don’t allow them to believe that “god” gives some people talents that heal. That child died unnecessarily.

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    June 19, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I’m thinking you need knowledge of things before you go rambling on about something you know nothing about Michael.

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    June 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm


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    June 20, 2015 at 12:13 am

    If you knew anything about the Duggars then you would know they have taken antibiotics themselves and do not turn down medical care when it’s necessary. That comment was irrelevant.

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    cheyenne noble

    June 20, 2015 at 12:20 am

    look- you all– this woman is my dear friend. it’s real easy to pass judgement when you have’t walked in another’s shoes.please be kind and consider that you aren’t perfect in your life , so why judge someone else and be mean when they are suffering most?

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    cheyenne noble

    June 20, 2015 at 12:23 am

    thank you.

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    Laurie Green

    June 20, 2015 at 12:31 am

    What your children had was fluid behind the eardrum caused by either allergies, malformed eaustion tubes or a common cold. You were smart enough to take them to the doctor to be sure this was all it was. Antibiotics generally do not help with these types of ear problems and unfortunately the eardrums can rupture. They do fortunately heal. Ear tubes may be a good solution till their problem is resolved. See an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. This child was not seen by at doctor at all! That is the difference! And that is neglected!

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    Madison Blane

    June 20, 2015 at 1:56 am

    CJ, I’m a pediatric RN, so I’m going to try to explain a few things here. First, overuse of antibiotics is a thing and that does cause resistant strains and strains that cannot be treated at all to develop. Most doctors are becoming more careful with their dispensing of antibiotics and with good reason. Ear infections can be viral, fungal, or bacterial. Treating a viral or fungal infection with antibiotics is not only useless, it can be harmful as well. Viral, fungal, and bacterial infections all have different incubation times, different characteristics, different effects, and different treatments. That is why you take your children to a skilled and highly-educated professional who knows how to tell the difference. Even if the child is initially denied antibiotics due to the infection being viral, a pediatrician will tell you that secondary infections can develop and should have no problem calling in an antibiotic for a previously-seen child if the infection hasn’t resolved itself in a certain number of days (and if they do not, it’s medical neglect for which they can -and should – lose their license to practice). ‘Watch and wait’, while not comforting to parents, can be the best and most sound medical advice. HOWEVER, this child had been sick for THREE WEEKS. During that time, the parents should have realized that their ‘treatments’ (such as they were) were NOT working and that their child’s condition was deteriorating! Like you said, there are various reasons that a parent might not run their kid to the doctor every time they have a slight fever or an earache; certainly finances and access to medical care can play into that decision (and those are discussions for another time). But ‘personal beliefs’ against ‘chemicals’ is NOT a valid excuse to let a toddler suffer immeasurably for three feckin’ weeks and die in excruciating pain due to meningitis encephalitis because of the parents’ ignorance and arrogance! I notice the father didn’t have any problems with putting ‘chemicals’ (alcohol) into HIS system!!

    Ears are too close to the brain to let an infection carry on for that long. The problem isn’t that these parents were denied antibiotics; the problem is that these parents never took their child to be evaluated at all (assuming they knew more than physicians and preferring to listen to quacks). The problem is that they wouldn’t have used the antibiotic even if it had been prescribed and tried to object to treatments even as the child was dying. The problem is that they willfully denied the most basic medical care to their child – causing her to suffer for an extended period of time and die quite non-accidentally – and because of that, they deserve to be prosecuted.

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    Navin R Johnson

    June 20, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Wrong! Homeopathy is bullshit!

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    Jenn Schimmels Brown

    June 20, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Did it never occur to these idiots that their God allowed people to become doctors to help save them? We don’t live naked in the garden anymore. He gave us the capacity to learn and help ourselves…

    Stupid idiots. The sooner religion goes away, the better.

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    June 20, 2015 at 4:08 am

    The headline states they were charged with homicide. The article says involuntary manslaughter. Which is it? There is a HUGE difference

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    June 20, 2015 at 4:21 am

    All of this. Most perfect explanation ever.

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    Stephanie Grabowski

    June 20, 2015 at 4:40 am

    that is very rude to say. doesn’t mean that kid would have grown up stupid. your the one that’s stupid

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    June 20, 2015 at 5:11 am

    You are correct on the antibiotics not being given for ear infections, and that’s because a lot of the antibiotics are no longer working due to over use…it’s what it really was that is the problem and could have been prevented.

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    Gary Williams

    June 20, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Going to guess the child did not receive the Prevnar vaccine as well, which prevents thirteen strains of : streptococcus Pneomoniae infections

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    George Warren

    June 20, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Just about the strongest argument imaginable for compulsory sterilization.

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    June 20, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Every parent has the choose to parent what they feel best for their child. I may not agree, but it is not mine. Be natural and reasonable. Make sure baby gets milk, food, and love!!!

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    June 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Except that homeopathy has been proven not to work, conclusively.

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    Inea Atenveldt

    June 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Wah wah wah…
    These weren’t parents who went from doctor to doctor. These were religious freaks who didn’t go to doctors period, “cuz science comes from Satan”. They’re getting what they deserve . I hope they rot in jail until they die.

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    Robert Champion

    June 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    well said

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    June 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Where in the law books does it say you have to seek medical attention if anyone is sick?

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    Jolyanne Landry

    June 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    They refused to take her. They didn’t get a doctor that didn’t want to give their daughter medicine. They literally killed their baby girl by deciding to NOT bring her until it was too late. They should definitely be charged for murder. They are disgusting and shouldn’t be allowed to have other children.

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    Pam Rukiddingme (@PamRlalala)

    June 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    You are spot on. I would use homeopathic remedies and most of the times they worked, if they didn’t and my kids got worse we went to the doctor. I NEVER waited weeks I waited a day. There were 2 occasions where it was straight to the doctor with both my kids, and both involved broken bones. There is a time and place for these. I feel these remedies work best in conjunction with modern medicine.

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    June 20, 2015 at 5:06 pm


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    June 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The difference is you tried, and tried to get your child help until you got them the help they needed. It wasn’t impossible, you managed to get the medicine and you helped your children get back to healthy. Because that’s what a parent should do, no matter what they believe. They didn’t even TRY until it was too late. How could they let their child suffer until it died, because of their pride? No doctor can undo the harm of a negligent parent at that point.

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    June 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    The Dujggars believe in modern medicine and vaccinate! These people were stupid and should be charged to the fullest!!!!!

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    June 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I agree 100%. This is not child endangerment. What if they had gotten the antibiotics and the child died anyway?

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    June 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Irresponsible reporting. This is feeding into the coming onslaught of regulating the natural remedy industry. The usda has been chomping at the bit and the pharmaceutical companies want in on the profits.

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    June 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more!

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    June 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    There is no genuine medical homeopathy. Homeopathy, the LOT of it, is a scam of epic stupidity, and not a bit of it has been proven to work on even the slightest of medical problems. There is Medicine and Alternative Medicine. Medicine that works gets called Medicine. Medicine that doesn’t gets called Alternative Medicine.

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    June 20, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    There is a HUGE difference between a legitimate doctor telling you your kid doesn’t *need* antibiotics, and parents not seeking medical care at all. HUGE. If something had further happened to your kids, you would be found faultless and the doctor may be liable if there was a mistake made. They didn’t even try.

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    June 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Can someone say nut jobs!? It’s antibiotics not sorcery..people like this should not be having children. I can understand waiting out an infection, as long as the kid can be comforted by advil or tylenol, many will go away on their own…..but two weeks! That is an incredible amount of pain you watched your child deal with because of your crazy beliefs! By day three you should have brought her to a doctor. You should not only be charged with neglect but torture too…

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    Helen Spassky Garbuzov

    June 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    So much WORD!!

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    June 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    They should have just asked jesus

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    Caren C

    June 21, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Some of these commenters should be ashamed of themselves. It didn’t say anywhere in this article they were religious or spiritual. Their belief in God and their belief in non vaccination are not related. I believe in God, but I also believe in the benefits of vaccinations. Also I would hope people keep the focus on the loss of the child and not God or religion bashing. I have lost a child and I am sure they are hurting. Don’t throw stones.

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    June 21, 2015 at 1:41 am

    YoU don’t know the definition of homeopathy then. It a bogus dilution that does nothing.

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    June 21, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Agreed!! They also were doing what they thought was best. It’s ridiculous for them to be charged. Plenty of doctors do not resort to antibiotics as the first option.

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    Gwen Ralston

    June 21, 2015 at 3:35 am

    This comment was uncalled for.You are saying that an 8 month old was stupid and should letting her die was justified? I can’t imagine how much pain that baby was in. What an idiot you are.

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    June 21, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Wow what about all the parents who pouson their kuds with Ciprodex? A quick google search of Fluoroquinolone toxicity should make it criminal for any parent to allow it.

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    June 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Are we going to charge with homicide the relatives of the 300,000 people that are killed by failed conventional medicine every year in the USA?

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    June 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Your doctor is actually one that is practicing good medicine. Common colds and simple ear infections do not require antibiotics. In this case, the child was ill for over two weeks. Much different than the well child that appears in the office with a two day history of low grade fever and a mild ear infection. But hey… Go find a “good” doctor that will give you what you think you need and see how that plays out over time. It amazes me how people with very little knowledge of a complex subject can be so critical and think that they have better command over it than the expert that devoted 12 years of their lives learning. We have become such an entitled and arrogant society. Frightening.

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    June 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I have to say that if a doctor( especially 4 of them!) did not give you antibiotics then it was a viral infection not bacterial one. No doctor gives out antibiotics when not necessary.

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    June 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Glad they were charged

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    chas bee

    June 21, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Homeopathy is every bit as effective as tap water.

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    June 22, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Homeopathy is quackery. It is literally nothing but water. And it certainly does not bear any resemblance to legitimate medicine.

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    Pedro Duerden

    June 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Nice reply Michael. Superstition must be eliminated from the Earth, and any other place where we might find it.

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