Faith healer implicated in Loudon teen's death gets medical help

LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee prosecutor says a faith healer sought medical care for himself after urging a woman to not take her daughter to a doctor. The teen later died of cancer.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported records show Ariel Ben Sherman died Nov. 28 at a South Carolina hospital of respiratory arrest while being treated for cancer.

Sherman persuaded Jacqueline Crank to not seek medical care for her daughter, Jessica Crank, who died at 15 of a rare form of cancer.

Because Sherman has died, his attorney has filed a motion to dismiss an appeal pending before the state Court of Criminal Appeals.

Sherman and Jacqueline Crank were convicted in May 2012 of misdemeanor neglect in the child's death.


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