Missouri jury awards $108 million in home birth death

Saturday, December 22, 2012 | 3:57 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — A Jackson County jury has awarded $108.6 million to the parents of a Lee's Summit woman who died of infection a month after the home birth of a stillborn daughter.

The Kansas City Star reports that Gail and Darrell Mansfield of Kingsville alleged members of a religious group botched the 2007 delivery of their daughter's child, used unsterilized scissors in an attempt to deliver the infant and kept their daughter, Misty Mansfield, from getting medical help.

Misty Mansfield died in January 2007, a month after the delivery.

The parents' lawyer, Danny Thomas, said Misty Mansfield was "vindicated" after the jury Friday found the defendants, including brothers John and Caleb Horner, liable.

The Horners represented themselves and said Misty Mansfield hadn't been isolated and that she made her own decisions


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