Herbalist gets four months in jail after 13-year-old boy who went without insulin dies

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A self-proclaimed “master herbalist” is heading to jail for his role in the death of a 13-year-old boy with Type 1 diabetes after he allegedly told the boy’s parents to not use insulin.

According to The Washington Post, Timothy Morrow was sentenced to a total of four months in jail and four years of probation on Monday for child abuse and practicing medicine without a license following the death of Edgar Lopez in August 2014. 

The parents of Lopez, who weighed just 68 pounds at the time of his death, reportedly said that they were told by Morrow that if they took their son to the hospital, he would be killed there. 

{mosads}They claimed that Morrow told them to instead rub lavender oil on their son’s spine and prescribed herbal medication that he claimed would cure their son of diabetes for the rest of his life. 

Lopez’s mother, Maria Madrigal, who said she once viewed Morrow “like a god” after attending a few of his seminars on herbal medicine, reportedly said she saw her son’s condition improve under Morrow’s guidance for a short while. 

But two months before her son’s death, Madrigal said she began to see symptoms of her son’s diabetes return.

Though Madrigal said she had been warned that her son’s condition could worsen again by his pediatrician, she said she chose to takes Morrow’s advice instead and continued to refrain from giving her son insulin shots.

Madrigal alleged that Morrow had told her that her son was experiencing a “healing crisis” but that the seventh-grader’s diabetes would eventually be cured for life.

But Delfino Lopez Solis, Lopez’s father, reportedly claimed his family had been “brainwashed” by Morrow and said his son’s condition only worsened.

Solis reportedly said in court that Morrow visited his family’s home several times in the days leading up to his son’s death and advised them to keep giving their son herbs and reflexology to help his body release toxins.

When their son appeared to stop breathing, Lopez’s family said Morrow told them to open windows to bring in more air, according to The Post.

Lopez’s family reportedly said it wasn’t until their son’s breathing became more shallow that Morrow finally said they could contact the local authorities.

Lopez died at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center a day after he was taken in for treatment. 

Though Morrow reportedly did not testify during the trial, he denied telling Lopez’s parents not to give him insulin in videos of him being questioned by police. 

In other videos that were shown at the beginning of the trial, Murrow reportedly called a tumor “gift from God,” said “insulin is very poisonous to the system” and hosted videos on his YouTube account that claimed vaccines were “absolute poison” for children.

Murrow has since been ordered to remove videos he shared to YouTube that advocate for the use of herbs in place of seeking traditional medical treatment and has reportedly been warned that he will be charged with murder if his practices lead to the death of another person going forward. 

He has also reportedly been ordered to cover Lopez’s funeral cost and pay a fine of $5,000.

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