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Lin
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I first read this article in the local newspaper and it drove me to tears. What happened was sick and too heinous to be true. And I asked Miz Scarlet if she saw this article and she said No. It did not come up anywhere and that scared me because rebirthing is quite a big thing in the States. How is it that this piece of news failed to make it to national papers?

This is an account of how this girl was smothered to death during a rebirthing session.

IN A T-shirt and jeans, Candace was told to remove her shoes and lie on the floor on a blue flannel sheet in Connell Watkins' home in Evergreen, Colorado.

As she curled up into a foetal position, the sheet was wrapped tightly around her, its four corners twisted together above her head and held tightly.

She was then ordered to fight her way out of the man-made prison as her adoptive mother, Jeane Newmaker, held the corners of the sheet together.

Watkins and three assistants, together weighing 345 kg, placed cushions around her and pressed into her tiny form to simulate birth contractions. Candace weighed just 31 kg.

After 10 minutes, the little girl said she was tired and could not breathe and push her way out.

Eleven minutes and 35 seconds into the session, she cried: 'I'm gonna die. Please, please, I can't breathe.'

After 21 minutes, she wept: 'I'm throwing up.'

But Watkins and her assistants kept pressing in on her, calling her a 'quitter' and a 'twerp'.

'You want to die? OK, then die,' said one assistant. 'You've got to push hard if you want to be born,' jeered another.

After half-an-hour, only a faint whimpering was audible. She had said she was dying 11 times.

But one of the assistants, Julie Ponder, ordered: 'She needs more pressure. She really needs to fight if she wants air.'

Ten minutes later, Ms Newmaker asked her daughter: 'Baby, do you want to be born?' From the motionless bundle in the middle of the room came a barely audible: 'No', the last word she uttered.

And still it continued for another 30 minutes, by when the mother, feeling 'rejected', had been ordered out and watched on a TV monitor next door. Candace's face was ghostly white and flecked with vomit, her skin clammy, lips and fingers blue.

When she was finally unwrapped, Ms Newmaker tried to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the lifeless body.

An ambulance was called and at nine the next morning, Candace was pronounced brain-dead.


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alaska
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Yup, Linnie, I read about that too, actually just yesterday, and was very shocked. Especially reading about the mothers motives for travelling from the east coast to Colorado and spending several thousand dollars on it. Candace was apparently *hard to handle*.

Thankfully, the therapist and her assistant have been found guilty of reckless child abuse resulting in death, which carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 16 years. Thing is, that in Coloradom, apparently everyone can call him or ehrself a "therapist" and therapies don't need to be reviewed before they are performed. Apparently, before "rebirthing" was done on Candace (which I think was a 70 minute session), the therapist had actually done the procedure only twice before, for less than 10 minutes each.

For those who want to know more, check out these articles at cnn.com
http://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/04/20/crime.rebirthing.reut/index.html?s=7 (on the verdict)
http://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/04/17/rebirthing.ban/ (governor signs rebirthing ban)
http://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/04/05/rebirthing.trial/index.html (jurors watch video of "therapy" session)

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That's horrible. I can't believe people would do something like that.

I don't really have much more to say on the subject, just that it makes me mad, that they wouldnt' listen to the girl, and let her die.

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Aria51
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How sad. A couple of things about this really bother me. First off, babies don't need to 'push their way out' and 'fight to live'. If they intended to 'rebirth' her, it should have been in a big squooshy bag that was open at the top. And secondly, it seems to be a horrible therapy to me... you put the child through a very traumatic experience, and they're supposed to come out nicely bonded with the parent who paid for the treatment? I'm thinking... no.
Grrr.

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$uMMeR
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That is just horribly disgusting.

Serves the idiots right.

How could anyone even think of something like that...?

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