ALBANY – An Albany couple arrested for manslaughter Thursday morning in connection with the death of their 12-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty Friday.
Wenona Rossiter, 37 (pictured left), and Travis Rossiter, 39 (pictured right), were arrested at 8 a.m. and charged with first and second degree manslaughter, said Capt. Eric Carter with Albany police.
The charges stem from the Feb. 5 death of their daughter, Syble Rossiter, who died at their home in the 500 block of Southeast Queen Avenue.
The investigation revealed the Rossiters withheld necessary and adequate medical attention for their daughter, resulting in her death, Carter said.
On Friday, the Rossiters wore shackles and chains, and they remained silent throughout their first appearance in court.
The medical examiner told KGW Thursday Syble Rossiter died of Diabetic Ketoacidosis after she went into a "diabetic crisis."
Carter told KGW that Albany police based its case solely on the Rossiters not seeking medical attention for a condition that police deemed "treatable."
The Rossiters are members of the Church of the First Born, which is know to favor prayer over medicine.
When KGW stopped by the church Friday no one answered, but members of the church showed support for the Rossiters in court.
A judge reduced bail from $50,000 to $10,000 each.