December 5, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1417. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490420038010

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A society for the prevention of cruelty to children is much needed in Ohio. In state, human sacrifices in the name of religion are apparently authorized by law. A man allowed his 8-year-old daughter, who had been badly burned, to die without medical treatment, save that administered by Eddyites, and we know what that means. The grand jury naturally indicted the parents for manslaughter. In the trial the judge charged the jury to bring in a verdict of acquittal on the ground that no law existed in Ohio under which the parents could be prosecuted. The jury did so and the Supreme Court, to which the case was carried, ruled that the charge and the verdict were without error. It would seem that the State of Ohio is in bad shape as regards its laws protecting infant life; legislation in this regard is one of the present needs of

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