LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The police officer who refused medical attention for his dying wife and baby is out of a job.
Lee’s Summit Police won’t release the terms of Caleb Horner’s departure from the department.
He’d been on paid administrative leave since the faith-based home birth that caused the death of his wife and baby, who was stillborn.
“She suffered for 31 days until she died,” said Misty Horner’s best friend Tina Moore.
“At this point I'm just happy we got some kind of justice,” Moore said about Horner’s departure from the Department.
“The only thing we're commenting on is his status as of employment,” said interim Lee’s Summit City Manager Steven Arbo. “The only thing I can tell is that his final day of employment was Friday, June, 20th 2008.”
Arbo refused to comment when asked whether Caleb Horner was fired.
Prosecutors declined pressing charges against Horner saying there was no evidence Misty Horner ever wanted to go outside their faith’s religion to seek medical help as the situation deteriorated.
“I saw this,” Moore said. “I watched it. I was in the room.”
Moore was there when Horner's home birth went bad and visited several times in the weeks after the stillbirth as Horner’s condition worsened.
The Horners refused to seek medical attention because of their faith's ban on doctors.
“You are not going to live if you don't go to the hospital,” Moore said she told Misty Horner on her death bed. “I said, what are you doing?”
She said Caleb Horner used unsterilized home scissors to try to cut the breached baby free.
“Every time I went over she looked worse and worse,” Moore said.
The death certificate lists natural causes for Misty Horner's death.
Moore blames the husband, Caleb Horner for not calling for help.
“If none other, at least he doesn't have a job anymore,” Moore said saying she believes the department fired Caleb Horner.
Caleb Horner still lives in the home where Misty Horner and the baby died.
He didn’t answer the door Monday.
Monday night when reached by phone, his father, who follows the same religion, said they are not commenting
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