GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- Four people were arrested after a 10-year-old girl suffocated while undergoing therapy intended to simulate birth, the sheriff's office said.
Candace Newmaker was rolled up in a flannel sheet during the treatment at Connell Watkins and Associates in Evergreen and died of asphyxiation, the coroner said.
Both ends of the sheet were twisted above the girl's head and large pillows were placed around her head. It was supposed to represent the womb.
Connell Watkins, the center's owner, told authorities she and three others pressed on the pillows to simulate labor contractions and encouraged Candace to push her way out.
The therapy is intended to enable troubled children to heal from past trauma by struggling out of the covering and being ''reborn.''
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