Medical Examiner Investigates Deaths Of Police Officer’s Wife, Child

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A Lee’s Summit police officer lost his wife and newborn child, but could those deaths have been avoided?

That’s the question that medical examiners are trying to answer.

Officer Caleb Horner has deep religious beliefs and one thing he doesn’t believe in is medical intervention.

A close friend told KCTV5 News that Horner never took his wife Misty to the hospital.

She gave birth in December at home, but her baby was stillborn.

We’re told she became very ill after the delivery, but never received any treatment.

She died Tuesday.

Misty worked as a dispatcher for the Lee’s Summit Police Department until a year ago.

A friend agreed to speak to KCTV5 if we protected her identity. She said Misty did decide for herself not to receive care, but said she had no problem going to the doctor before she got involved with Officer Horner.

She said, “I was told that the sickness got worse. It was shutting her down. She was running fever from time to time. She could not get up and walk. She had to be carried to the restroom or by wheelchair.”

The Lee’s Summit Police Department said there is no criminal investigation.

But the cause of the deaths of the baby and Misty are under investigation by the medical examiner.

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