Religion In The News

Da Vinci Code Sends Boy Into Coma

by Elroy Willis -- May 16, 2006

ATLANTA (EAP) -- A 13-year-old Atlanta boy was sent into a coma yesterday when his father threw a hardcover copy of the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" at him. The 464-page book, rented from a local library, struck the boy in the temple, rendering him unconscious.

"We don't know how long he'll be in a coma. It could be a week or maybe a year or more, we just don't know," said Dr. Walter Alfredson, attending physician at St. Mary's hospital where the boy was taken.

"Our church told us to boycott the movie so Timmy went down to the library and checked out the book," said 42-year-old Jeffrey Nobels, the boy's father. "When I found him reading it, I lost my temper, grabbed it and threw it at him," he said.

"I didn't mean to hurt him, I just wanted to show him how wrong it was to go against the boycott."

Police say they're considering the incident as an accident and aren't seeking child abuse charges against Nobels.

Officials at the church attended by the Nobels family remain firm in their boycott, despite the accident.


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