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Manslaughter trial continues for faith-healing parents

PORTLAND, OR (KATU/CNN) - An Oregon couple charged with manslaughter said their home-delivered newborn died too quickly to save him.

A neonatal expert called to the stand by prosecutors Monday attacked the couple's defense.

David Hickman was delivered two months early, and died about nine hours later.

His parents, Dale and Shannon Hickman, are members of a church which believes in healing through prayer instead of medical treatment.

Dr. Joseph Kaempf told jurors an infant who's healthy for eight hours shouldn't just die suddenly in 15 minutes, as the parents claim.

Kaempf said he believes the baby died from a bacterial infection caused by spoon-feeding milk.

He said a hospital would never feed a premature infant of 31 or 32 weeks with a spoon or bottle.

The defense did get Kaempf to admit he has lost newborns during his career as a doctor.

The trial will continue on Tuesday.

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