Two parents have been charged with neglect after they let their adopted 7-year-old son die in 2015 over their own “issues with doctors.”
Timothy D. Johnson, 39, and Sarah N. Johnson, 38, from Plymouth, Minnesota, were charged with gross-misdemeanor child neglect in connection with the death of their son, Seth Johnson.
According to reports, Johnson died in agony on a vomit-stained mattress on March 30, 2015 after his parents refused to take him to the doctor.
The extremely religious parents had “issues with going to doctors.” In addition, the child was suffering from several other ailments, including cuts and bruises, and was severely physically underdeveloped.
Police were called to the family’s home around 7:40 am on the day of his death. When they arrived, they saw the lifeless Seth laying on the bathroom floor.
The boy’s body was covered in bruises and he was suffering from several “skin breaks” on the majority of his body.
Instead of seeking professional medical help for their son, the parents decided to use vitamins, antibiotic ointment, and “medicinal honey” to try and cure their son.
At one point, Seth’s condition worsened while the parents were out of town. However, they decided to stay at the wedding after they learned that he had eaten Cheerios.
When the parents arrived home the next day, they found Seth unresponsive on the floor. Rather than call 911, they decided to pray.
Seth died the next day.
A medical autopsy revealed that Seth died from acute pancreatitis and possible sepsis. In addition, the blisters on his legs were consistent with bullous impetigo.
Seth’s obituary described his death as “unexpected” and the family created a fundraising page to raise money for his funeral expenses.
To date, they raised $7,000 more than their original goal and painted themselves as victims.
“You. Our dear friends & family. Have carried us through these last 2 weeks… We couldn’t walk, we didn’t know how to get out of bed… And you came. You stood by us, you took us by the hand, you fed us, watched over our children, loved them, cleaned our home, prayed for us & over us,” wrote the family.
“You came together as the body of Christ and provided for us spiritually, emotionally, physically & financially. In this time of devastation, weakness, heartbrokenness… You came. We are thankful for you…” they added.