In August 2014, the parents of 13-year-old Edgar Lopez made a decision they have now regretted for nearly five years. Forced to decide between taking their diabetic son to a hospital for treatment or continue to consult with Tim Morrow, a self-proclaimed "Master Herbalist," they had sought for advice in the past, they went with the latter. Instead of giving their son the insulin he needed to survive, Lopez's parents opted to listen to Morrow, who prescribed the dying boy herbs and oils to cure his disease.
Now their son is dead and the man Los Angeles County prosecutors feel was responsible for the teenager's death is behind bars after pleading guilty to practicing medicine without a proper medical license, which is a misdemeanor.
According to ABC 7 News, Lopez's father, Delfino Lopez Solis, took to the witness stand during Morrow's trial, where he was asked to explain why neither he or his wife, Maria, took their son to a hospital during his dying days.
"He (Morrow) told us that if we took the child to the hospital, he would get killed there," Solis said. "That the method they used at the hospital, particularly the insulin, was poison."
Solis told prosecutors that he and his wife were brainwashed by Morrow, who they thought was a licensed medical doctor when they first had the now-convicted "Master Herbalist" take a look at their son's condition. And each time Solis and his wife took their son to Morrow, he gave the same advice - don't take Lopez to a hospital.
"Because we had been brainwashed, that they would kill or hurt our son at the hospital," Solis told prosecutors when pressed on the issue.
During the trial, Morrow's defense team argued that their client never told Lopez or his parents that he was a licensed doctor and that the boy's mother stopped giving her son insulin in January 2014 after his blood sugar levels returned to normal levels.
The defense went on to state that the boy's doctor said that the symptoms would return at some point. When they did return, Lopez grew gravely ill and quickly succumed to the disease.
At the conclusion of the trial, the jury failed to reach a verdict on charges of child abuse, but Morrow had previously pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license, for which he was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
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