The San Antonio parents convicted of injury to a child by omission after their son died from an infection in 2015 were sentenced Thursday to 10 years of probation.
As reported by the San Antonio Express News, Qwalion Busby and Marquita Johnson were charged with a first degree felony — serious bodily injury to a child by omission, which typicallycarries a 5- to 99-year prison term. However, if the term is ten years or fewer, probation is permitted.
Their child, Naeem, weighed 11 lbs. when he died Dec. 23, 2015 of an untreated middle ear infection that grew into a massive bacterial infection. Experts testified that the infection likely caused him to suffer from skin, hair, weight and breathing problems.
The couple testified that they did not believe in using traditional doctors. Johnson said her son had not seen a doctor until she called 911 when he had respiratory problems.