Faith healing parents charged with manslaughter
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 31, 2013
Oregon parents have been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the faith healing death of their daughter. According to police, the couple withheld “necessary and adequate” medical attention from the 12-year-old girl, choosing prayer over modern medicine, with tragic consequence.
Detectives arrested Travis Rossiter, 39, and Wenona Rossiter, 37, on Thursday, Aug. 29, and accused them of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the death of their daughter, Syble Rossiter.
Syble Ann Marie Rossiter died at the family home in Albany, Oregon, earlier this year. The Medical Examiner reports the girl died from complications of Type 1 diabetes, a treatable medical condition. Albany Police Capt. Eric Carter said:
The 12-year-old had a treatable medical condition and the parents did not provide adequate and necessary medical care to that child. And that, unfortunately, resulted in the death of her on February 5 of this year.
When asked if she would have survived if she had been treated, Capt. Carter said, “That’s what I was briefed on. Yes.”