DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has ordered a new trial for a Lansing couple who lost parental rights to three children after the death of a newborn.
Rachel and Joshua Piland had declined to get medical care for their daughter who had jaundice-related complications.
They cited their religious beliefs.
The appeals court says a jury wasn't allowed to consider those beliefs as a legitimate defense when the Pilands lost their parental rights.
The court says a parent shall not be found negligent if “legitimately practicing” his or her religious beliefs when denying care.
Separately, the Pilands are facing criminal charges in their daughter’s death.