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Durham Woman Charged In 'Rebirthing' Death Of Adopted Daughter

Posted May 22, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— A Durham mother could soon turn herself into police now that she is accused in the death of her own daughter. Colorado authorities want to talk to Jeane Newmaker who is wanted on charges of child abuse resulting in death because of criminal neglect.

Newmaker, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Duke Hospital, is wanted in connection with the death of her adopted 10-year-old daughter, Candace. Candace died after going through a rebirthing procedure for reactive attachment disorder, which results from abuse or neglect in infancy.

The procedure happened at The Attachment Center in Evergreen, Colorado. Rebirthing is an alternative therapy in which the subject is completely wrapped by blankets surrounded by pillows, signifying the womb.

Colorado authorities obtained a videotape of the procedure involving Candace where she is repeatedly saying that she could not breathe.

Candace collapsed and was rushed to The Children's Hospital where she died.

Four people including the clinic's owner have been charged in Candace's death. Authorities say Newmaker is in North Carolina, but they do not know her whereabouts. Authorities also say she will have the opportunity to turn herself in. From staff and wire reports