NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a woman who tried to heal her teenage daughter's cancer through prayer.
Jacqueline Crank was convicted of misdemeanor child neglect in 2012 and given a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, suspended to unsupervised probation. The conviction came 10 years after the death of her then-15-year-old daughter Jessica Crank from Ewing's Sarcoma. According to court records, the cancer caused a grapefruit-sized tumor on the girl's shoulder that appeared to give her severe pain.
Jacqueline Crank initially was charged with a felony. Those charges were later downgraded after doctors said that Jessica most likely would have died even if she had gone to a hospital right away.
Jessica was eventually taken into the custody of the Department of Children's Services and admitted to East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
Jacqueline Crank has argued in court that a Tennessee law protecting some faith healers but not others is unconstitutional.
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