Couple Flees Country After Allegedly Trying Prayer, Not Doctors, For Dying Son

Their armchair diagnosis was PTSD. He had sepsis.

By Jaime Lutz

A Minnesota couple charged with letting their 7-year-old son die when they chose to treat his sepsis with prayer and vitamins, potentially fled to New Zealand, People reported.

Timothy and Sarah Johnson did not show up for their first scheduled court appearance on Tuesday, and investigators believe it’s because they traveled to New Zealand in the past few weeks.

A judge has ordered a bench warrant for their recapture.

The Johnsons' son, Seth, died of sepsis after having pancreatitis in 2015. They never brought him to a hospital because they had “issues” with doctors, they reportedly told investigators.

Instead, the Johnsons diagnosed him themselves by researching his symptoms online, concluding he simply had PTSD (Seth was adopted) and a traumatic brain injury. They tried to treat him with “medical honey,” vitamins, and prayer.

While Seth was dying, they went out of town for a wedding, leaving Seth in the care of an older sibling for the weekend.

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