Faith healing couple guilty in son's death

Faith healing couple guilty in son's death

Faith healing couple guilty in son's death

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 10:27 AM

EUGENE, Ore. — 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 is affiliated with the General Assembly and Church of the First Born, which believes in using prayer to treat illness.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Hasselman said that as part of the pleas entered Tuesday the Bellews are ordered to follow an in-home safety plan set up by the Department of Human Services to ensure their other children's safety. A probation officer will work with the family as well.

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