A member of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City admitted this month to criminally mistreating her son after serving six years in prison for negligence in the death of another son.
Shannon Hickman and her husband, Dale, each served prison time for the death of their other son. Their infant died in 2009, less than nine hours after birth in the hands of unlicensed midwives.
Their 2011 trial marked the fourth Clackamas County case prosecuted in two years of religious families failing to provide medical care for their children.
In the latest case, Shannon Hickman pleaded guilty June 28 to slapping her 9-year-old son on the side of the head, causing his nose to bleed in October 2020. The incident was witnessed by a teacher who was doing a live video assessment of his home schooling.
Hickman said she was frustrated by his misbehavior.
In a plea deal, Hickman agreed to 30 days of home confinement and two years of probation, during which time she has to continue getting regular counseling for parenting skills.
Also charged with assault and harassment, Hickman got her first-degree criminal mistreatment charge reduced to a misdemeanor as part of the plea deal.
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