Pennsylvania Toddler Dies of Common Ear Infection

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Hope Elizabeth Delozier, 18 months. Photo via Facebook.

Hope Elizabeth Delozier, 18 months. Photo via Facebook.

A Pennsylvania couple have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment after their toddler daughter died of a common ear infection according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin on June 11, 2015.

Hope Elizabeth Delozier, 18 months old, was pronounced dead on March 23, 2015 after her father took her  to a local emergency room in Towanda, PA for treatment. Hope was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to the hospital. An autopsy revealed that the toddler died due to an untreated common ear infection that led to an abscess. Because the abscess was left untreated, the infection ultimately turned into streptococcus pneumonia meningitis. According to Meningitis.org, streptococcus pneumonia meningitis is a bacterial infection which is treatable if caught early. Nearly half of the survivors wind up with some sort of brain damage as it causes inflammation to the brain.

Christine and Ebed Delozier. Photo via Facebook.

Christine and Ebed Delozier. Photo via Facebook.

The child’s mother, Christine Delozier, 34, told police she didn’t believe in conventional medicine or vaccinations, preferring to treat Hope’s ear infection homeopathically. Hope’s father Ebed Delozier, 29, along with his wife Christine, also cited financial hardships as a reason for failing to get Hope medical attention. The Deloziers, along with their other young children, live in a camper in rural Pennsylvania.

According to the Daily Mail, Christine Delozier told a nurse at the Towanda Memorial Hospital emergency room that the toddler was experiencing labored breathing but that she did not believe in giving the children antibiotics. Christine seemed more concerned about the medical staff performing treatment than the consequences of refusing treatment according to one nurse who treated Hope. Experts have told WBNG 12 News that a simple antibiotic treatment administered when symptoms started would have more than likely saved Hope’s life.  The timeline between when Hope got sick to when she died was only a couple of weeks.

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Ebed Delozier said he thought Hope was getting better.

The Deloziers were arrested on June 10. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Mr. Delozier had an unrelated active warrant open at the time of his arrest and was sent to a local correctional facility. Christine Delozier was released on no-cash bail.

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  • fro

    Didn’t you all read the full article? They didn’t bring the child to the hospital 60% for financial reasons and 40% for their beliefs. In other words, the major reason was financial. A continueing problem with those not insured or poorly insured. Obviously, in retrospect, they made a bad judgement call in thinking they could have treated this on their own.

    People with misconceptions about vaccines will only start to change their minds if the rest of society stops hating them for their fears.

    How can you say that someone who tho is vaccines/antibiotics are bad for their child and therefore refuses to use them hates their child? It can’t be so, but this would be a case of misguided good intentions.