An herbalist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and practicing medicine without a license in a case stemming from the 2014 death of a 13-year-old boy in the Harbor Gateway area.
Timothy Morrow — whose attorney appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on his behalf — was ordered not to practice medicine or hold himself out as a doctor without a medical license, according to Frank Mateljan with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
Morrow allegedly began to treat the boy in 2014 for diabetes by prescribing herbs instead of the insulin the teen’s pediatrician had prescribed, according to City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office.
In August 2014, Morrow allegedly came to the family’s Harbor Gateway home to treat the boy, who was suffering from Type-1 diabetes and had become sick and semi-comatose. His mother had previously met Morrow when she attended several of his seminars about herbs.
Morrow allegedly told the boy’s parents not to give their son insulin but instead to administer the herbal oils that he was selling, and the boy went into cardiac arrest and died the next day. The medical examiner determined he would have lived had he received proper medical treatment, according to Feuer’s office.
“The allegations in this case underscore the serious health and safety risks of taking medical advice from someone who lacks a license and the proper training that goes with it,” Feuer said when the charges were filed. “No family should have to suffer the tragedy of losing a child because of irresponsible, uncredentialed medical advice.”
An April 26 pretrial hearing was set for Morrow, who could face up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the two misdemeanor counts.