The late Ariel Ben Sherman was charged in a teen girl’s faith healing death, but he sought medical treatment for his own conditions.
Even after his death legal arguments in the case continue: still up before the appellate court to decide is whether the state’s spiritual exemption law that allows parents to forego medical treatment in favor of faith healing is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and its equal protection guarantees.
A decade-long court dispute over a child neglect case that spawned a legal battle over faith healing
, endedÂ Tuesday with two guilty convictions for the girls’ mother and friend.
Sherman and Crank say they will appeal the conviction, and the case is expected to test Tennessee state laws that allow parents to make medical decisions based on their faith.
Nearly ten years ago the mother and ‘spiritual father’ of a 15-year-old girl who died of bone cancer were charged for failing to heed advice from medical professionals and instead relying solely on faith healing.
The trial of Jacqueline Pearl Crank and her minister, Ariel Ben Sherman, has been now been set for May 8 in Loudon County Circuit Court.
More than six years after 15-year-old Jessica Crank died
from cancer after failed attempts at faith healing, her mother Jacqueline is testifying about making that choice as a matter of religious conviction.
Crank now faces a misdemeanor neglect charge in the death of her daughter, after years of legal wrangling that has seen the charges move up and down the appeals process but never to trial. [video]
The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an alleged cult leader whose teenage follower died from cancer after her mother heeded his advice to rely on prayer rather than medicine.
Mother accused of child abuse for using prayer instead of medicine to heal dying daughter A woman accused of child abuse for turning to prayer instead of medicine to try to save her dying daughter wants to use the Bible as part of her defense. In a controversial motion filed by defense attorney Gregory P. […]
Knoxnews.com, Apr. 22, 2003 http://www.knoxnews.com/ LOUDON – A couple pleaded innocent Monday to misdemeanor child abuse charges in the death of a 15-year-old Loudon County girl who died of cancer last year. Trial for Jacqueline P. Crank, 42, and Ariel Ben Sherman, 74, was set for Jan. 27 in Loudon County Criminal Court. They are […]
KnoxNews.com, Apr. 17, 2003 http://www.knoxnews.com/ By JAMIE SATTERFIELD AND RANDY KENNER A couple who faced felony child abuse charges last year in connection with the death of a 15-year-old Loudon County girl now have been indicted on misdemeanor charges in the case. A Loudon County grand jury indicted Jacqueline P. Crank, 42, and Ariel Ben […]
WATE, Apr. 16, 2003 http://www.wate.com/ LOUDON COUNTY (WATE) — A woman accused of not seeking medical help for her dying daughter is again facing charges. A Loudon County grand jury Wednesday indicted Jaqueline Crank on misdemeanor child abuse and misdemeanor child neglect. Crank’s daughter, Jessica, died of cancer in September 2002. The grand jury also […]
WKRN, Sep. 18, 2002 http://www.wkrn.com/ An East Tennessee woman is charged with child abuse for allegedly choosing prayer over medical care to treat her daughter’s cancer. The mother could soon be facing a homicide charge as well. 15-year-old Jessica Crank died of cancer last Sunday. Her mother now faces the possibility of years in prison […]
Knoxville News-Sentinel, Sep. 19, 2002 http://www.knoxnews.com/ By Jamie Satterfield, News-Sentinel staff writer LOUDON – Members of a religious group who believed prayer would heal a terminally ill teenager called on God to raise the girl from the dead Wednesday. That didn’t happen, and Jessica Lynn Crank, 15, was laid to rest in a Loudon County […]
Knoxville News-Sentinel, Sep. 18, 2002 http://www.knoxnews.com/ By Jamie Satterfield, News-Sentinel staff writer LOUDON — A Loudon County teenager whose mother is accused of failing to get the girl medical treatment and instead relying on prayer to heal her was buried today after a brief funeral service. Jessica Lynn Crank, 15, died early Sunday morning from […]
Loudon County News-Herald, Sep. 2, 2002 http://www.loudon.xtn.net/ By: Jeff Farrell A Loudon County judge on Wednesday rejected defense attorneys’ plea to preserve the words of a dying girl whose mother and minister are accused of failing to provide medical care for her illness. Defense attorneys representing Jacqueline Crank and Ariel Ben Sherman said the girl’s […]
Testimony of ill girl called vital The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Aug. 31, 2002 http://www.knoxnews.com/ By Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer Defense lawyers in a Loudon County case involving a dying girl, her mother and the leader of the religious group they belong to have appealed a judge’s order prohibiting them from taking the child’s deposition. Donald […]
WBIR News, Aug. 6, 2002 http://www.wbir.com/News/news.asp?ID=8628 Authorities have arrested Ariel Ben Sherman of the New Life Tabernacle and he now faces charges of endangering the life of a 15-year-old girl. Back in June the 15-year-old girl’s mother, Jacqueline Crank, was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect for not seeking medical attention for her daughter, […]
Judge says dying teen not up to it The Knoxville News-Centinel, Aug. 29, 2002 http://www.knoxnews.com/ By Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer LOUDON – A Loudon County judge denied defense lawyers’ requests Wednesday to take a dying girl’s deposition – even though the girl apparently wants to give it to help her mother. “It is the […]
Testimony sought in mom’s abuse case KNOXnews.com, Aug. 19, 2002 http://www.knoxnews.com/ A 15-year-old girl at the center of a firestorm over faith healing may not live long enough to testify this month at a hearing on charges of child abuse and neglect against her mother. Attorney Gregory P. Isaacs filed a motion in Loudon County […]