Mom wants to know why spiritual healers didn't call 911 for son

KTVK News 3, Arizona/September 18, 2012

Congress, Arizona - Joe Fitzpatrick, 24, had a huge smile and a lot of hope.

Fitzpatrick's mother, Sandi, said her son battled type 1 diabetes for 11 years. The young man was searching for a cure.

"The only thing I saw him eat was greens and almonds and when I kept questioning him about it, he said it was a part of the detox process," Sandi said.

Sandi said her son met a spiritual healer through a woman he met at Occupy Phoenix last year.

Fitzpatrick wrote in his journal about giving money to a spiritual healing group in Congress.

"Joe had stopped taking his insulin on the advice of this healer," Sandi said.

In July, Fitzpatrick drove to Congress, northwest of Phoenix, to meet the healer.

He never came home.

"It's feasible he went into a diabetic a coma and at that point if they would have called 911, he might be alive today," Sandi said.

Sandi got a bizarre phone call in July from a woman who told her that her son died that day around noon.

"I asked where he was. I wanted my son. She asked me where I wanted the body delivered," Sandi said.

That call to Sandi came in around 6 p.m. The concerned mother didn't know what city her son was in and called local hospitals.

Three hours later a woman called 911 to report Fitzpatrick's death. When the operator asked what the caller's name was, the woman replied "living being."

Instead of asking for help, the caller asked for someone to come get the body.

When asked if the woman wanted to be transferred to medical to get assistance, the caller said, "No, I really think it's unnecessary," and chuckled.

Sandi wants someone held responsible for not getting her son help the day he died.

"It doesn't make sense to me," she said. "What was going on in that house that they couldn't call 911 that they waited so long."

Detectives with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office are investigating the suspicious death.

"We are still looking into the issues whether or not anyone is required to call 911 about a medical emergency on someone's behalf," said YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

"Deputies found no initial indications that actions of the "living beings" were a factor in Joseph's death," D'Evelyn said in a press release.

D'Evelyn said the people inside the home refused to give their legal names to officers.

YCSO now knows their names.

The sheriff''s office is waiting on the autopsy report to be finished by the medical examiner's office.

We're told the results will determine the outcome of this case.

So far no one has been arrested.

When we stopped by the home in Congress, a woman answered the door but she would not answer any of our questions.

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