Michigan couple to face trial for not getting baby treatment

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) (11/4/17) - A Michigan couple will go to trial for allegedly refusing to seek treatment for their baby's jaundice symptoms despite a midwife's warnings.

The Lansing State Journal reports that 30-year-old Rachel Piland and 36-year-old Joshua Piland are charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of their infant Abigail in February.

Prosecutors say the couple had a duty to seek medical attention after a midwife informed them that their child's symptoms could lead to brain damage or death.

Defense attorneys say the Pilands initially allowed the midwife to contact a doctor, though they later cancelled a follow-up appointment with the midwife. The defense also says the Pilands tried to treat the jaundice with sunlight by placing Abigail near a window.

Their arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 15.

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