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Mother Testifies in 'Rebirthing' Case

April 05, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The adoptive mother of a girl who suffocated during a "rebirthing" therapy session said that she thought the treatment was standard and didn't know the two therapists had limited experience with it.

Jeane Newmaker testified in Golden that the therapists had touted the technique as a way to treat 10-year-old Candace's sometimes-violent behavior.

The girl was found not breathing 70 minutes after the session began on April 18 in an Evergreen clinic.

Connell Watkins, 54, and Julie Ponder, 40, are charged with reckless child abuse resulting in death. If convicted, each could face up to 48 years in prison.

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