Jury awards family more than $100 million in wrongful death verdict

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A jury agreed with Misty Horner's parents that her death could have and should have been prevented.

Gail and Darrell Mansfield sued Misty's husband, Caleb Horner, Horner's brother, John and alleged followers of a religious group led by John Horner.

The trial ended Dec. 21 when the jury agreed on more than $100 million in damages to the Mansfield's, according to a press release from the law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C.

Attorneys from the firm represented Misty Horner's parents.

The jury award included $8.65 million in actual damages and $100 million in punitive damages, according to the release.

Misty Horner died Jan. 9, 2007 after what family members said was a tragic combination of the stillbirth of her daughter and no medical treatment following the birth.

Horner developed infections and other complications after Caleb Horner tried to perform an episiotomy with scissors.

The family claimed Horner, his brother and others prevented Misty from receiving medical care.

Instead, they spent days praying for healing.

The release states Horner and his co-defendants said the infection was not their fault.

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