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US: God fails to cure teen’s appendicitis, parents charged with negligent homicide

September 22, 2012

A Creswell, Ore., husband and wife have pleaded guilty to negligent homicide charges in the faith healing death of their 16-year-old son.

KVAL-TV reports that the teen, Austin Sprout, died at home last December after his appendix burst. Lane County sheriff’s Capt. Byron Trapp says medical professionals believe the boy’s condition was treatable had he been provided medical care.

Sheriff’s officers arrested Brandi and Russel Bellew in February. The woman is the boy’s mother and Russel Bellew is his stepfather.

The couple are affiliated with the General Assembly and Church of the First Born, which believes in using prayer to treat illness.


But it says it right there on the banknotes! “In God We Trust!”

One Comment
  1. With our money silly, not our health. We have health insurance lobbyists to take of that!

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