Justice For Boy Whose Parents Reportedly Let Him Die

Target: Bill Schuette, Attorney General of Michigan

Goal: Justice for boy who died when his parents allegedly prayed instead of calling an ambulance.

A dangerously ill 7-year-old boy died due to what has been reported as severe neglect. Seth Johnson had been diagnosed with pancreatitis and acute sepsis, for which his parents refused to seek medical care for him; one weekend, they reportedly left him in the care of his teenage brother and returned home to find him near death. At this point, instead of calling a doctor, they simply prayed for his recovery. When they finally did call a paramedic, Seth was pronounced dead.

The boy’s parents have been charged with neglect and could face jail time, but only if the investigation and trial prove them guilty of a severe crime rather than a mere misdemeanor. We cannot run the risk of these parents escaping jail time for their apparent criminal neglect. They not only showed horrible judgment in refusing to let a doctor treat their son, but only waited until the boy was almost dead to call for help-after leaving him alone for a weekend in the care of a minor.

This poor boy did not deserve to die in such a horrible way. One can only imagine the pain and suffering that filled his last hours, not to mention the fear his older brother must have felt watching Seth’s health go rapidly downhill. The Johnson parents must face justice for their actions. Sign this petition to demand jail time for these allegedly negligent parents.


Dear Attorney General Schuette,

A 7-year-old boy died an agonizing death when his parents reportedly refused to call the paramedics, instead opting to pray for his recovery. The boy had previously been diagnosed with two severe illnesses and was showing unsettling behavior changes, but his parents had refused to take him to a doctor, instead insisting they would treat his illnesses themselves.

This poor child suffered greatly before his death; he was not sleeping, he barely ate, and his older brother reported that he refused to speak when the two were left home alone for a weekend. Only when it was too late did the boy’s parents call the paramedics, who pronounced him dead instantly.

Right now, Seth Johnson’s parents have been charged with neglect, but it has not been decided yet whether or not they will face jail time. Please ensure that they do, their alleged foolish and neglectful actions cost an innocent boy his life. They cannot be allowed to walk away from this, they must face justice.


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  1. Brenda Denno says:

    This is so tragic. I don’t know all the facts of the case, but if the parents were praying for the boy, then they probably cared about him, BUT were under a religious DELUSION. The delusion that their “God” would heal him, as some verses in the bible state – such as the book of James chapter 5 I think.

  2. I have no patience with these idiots. They see a little boy in a desperate condition so they get on their knees. That child should have had expert help to save his life, instead he was allowed to die in distress and agony. Praying is all very well but it didn’t help much, did it? These religious fanatics don’t deserve precious children. RIP little love, you’re better off without them.

  3. Dixie Denis says:

    Another fine example of what the concepts of religion, family and country being adhered to no matter what can achieve. Is the human race ever going to grow up!!?

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