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Muslim soldier, wife raise issue over son's death
by John Milburn
TOPEKA, Kan. - A Muslim soldier and his wife in North Carolina, upset over how their infant son's body was handled after his death, may join a legal battle in Kansas over whether the military respects religious freedoms.
Pfc. Eli Agee and his wife, Mackenzie, are angry that an autopsy was performed - over their objections - on their son after he died May 3 at his home at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Agees are Muslim and believe an autopsy desecrates the body.
While doctors suspect sudden infant death syndrome, the Army said the autopsy will determine the exact cause of death. An official also said the Army is sensitive to the couple's religious views.
The Agees have contacted the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about possible legal action. The foundation expects to include their complaint in a pending Kansas lawsuit, and Mackenzie Agee said the couple may file a separate case.
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