Category: General Assembly Church of the First Born

Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter.

Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing.

Faith healing parents charged with manslaughter in daughter’s death

Authorities in Albany, Oregon on Thursday arrested a couple on charges first-and second-degree manslaughter in the death of their 12-year-old daughter.

The couple belongs to the Church of The First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing. The church is part of an nationwide network that is linked to numerous preventable deaths.

Parents plead guilty in faith healing death; sentenced to probation

Russel and Brandi Bellew A couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 16-year old son, Austin Sprout, were sentenced to five years probation.

Russel and Brandi Bellow are members of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn — part a network of churches that have extremist teachings on the subject of faith healing.

Couple’s plea means no appeal of Christian Science faith healing ruling

Christian Science A recent ruling upholding a Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions will go unchallenged after a couple on trial in the faith healing death of their son accepted a plea.

The religious movement, considered by Christians to be a cult of Christianity, has been able to negotiate exemptions to the health laws in a number of states.

Faith-healing couple takes plea in son’s death

Gregory and Garnet JaLea Swezey A north-central Washington couple on Thursday agreed to accept a plea deal that spares them jail time but holds them responsible for their teenage son’s death after they failed to call a doctor.

JaLea and Greg Swezey are members of the Church of the First Born, a group of churches whose extreme, unbiblical teachings regarding faith healing has resulted in the needless loss of life.

Jury selection starts in child’s faith healing death case

Susan Grady In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the jury selection process is under way for the trial of a woman accused of relying on faith and prayer, rather than seeking medical care, to treat her 9-year-old son who died of diabetes-related complications.

Susan Grady is a member of the Church of the First Born — a network of churches whose extremist teachings regarding faith healing have resulted in many unnecessary deaths.

‘This was not a faith healing death,’ lawyer tells jury

faith healing Gregory and Garnet Swezey of Carlton, Washington are on trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son.

Their lawyer: if you ask the Swezeys what they would have done if they knew it was a ruptured appendix, and that their son was dying, “They both say, they don’t know.”