- Jan 28, 2009
This has to cause christ to weep but if he does nothing to prevent it then what can you say. But even if he came down ad slapped the parents upside then sad and told them to go to the doctor they would just think it was the devil. They can't be convinced no matter what.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - A Linn County judge will soon decide whether a family's religious beliefs are relevant to the death of their daughter.
Syble Rossiter, 12, died of complications from diabetes, and she endured such a dramatic weight loss in the month before she died that a teacher confronted her mother about the issue.
The family is part of the Church of the First Born, a fundamentalist sect that believes traditional medical treatment is sinful, and instead trusts in God to heal them through faith, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1jS23gm ).
Syble's parents, Travis and Wenona Rossiter, face manslaughter charges.
Their attorneys want to exclude evidence of the couple's beliefs from the trial, arguing that such evidence would be prejudicial.
Prosecutors said the family's beliefs are the reason they failed to seek medical care.
"They knew she was in great peril. (They) didn't seek out medical care, and the reason they didn't do it was their religious beliefs," Prosecutor Keith Stein said. "This is what the case is about, and in truth, this is what happened."
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