Category: Ariel Ben Sherman and Jacqueline Crank

Faith healers call on God to revive dead teen at her funeral

Knoxville News-Sentinel, Sep. 19, 2002 By Jamie Satterfield, News-Sentinel staff writer LOUDON – Members of a religious group who believed prayer would heal a terminally ill teenager called on God to raise the girl from the dead Wednesday. That didn’t happen, and Jessica Lynn Crank, 15, was laid to rest in a Loudon County cemetery. Even as Jessica was buried in Loudon County Memorial Gardens, the debate over

Ill teen at center of legal dispute buried in Loudon

Knoxville News-Sentinel, Sep. 18, 2002 By Jamie Satterfield, News-Sentinel staff writer LOUDON — A Loudon County teenager whose mother is accused of failing to get the girl medical treatment and instead relying on prayer to heal her was buried today after a brief funeral service. Jessica Lynn Crank, 15, died early Sunday morning from a rare form of bone cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in late June after her mother, Jacqueline P. Crank, 41, was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. Jacqueline Crank is accused of ignoring advice from medical personnel at a Lenoir City walk-in

No deposition for dying girl

Loudon County News-Herald, Sep. 2, 2002 By: Jeff Farrell A Loudon County judge on Wednesday rejected defense attorneys’ plea to preserve the words of a dying girl whose mother and minister are accused of failing to provide medical care for her illness. Defense attorneys representing Jacqueline Crank and Ariel Ben Sherman said the girl’s testimony could be the key evidence in their cases. Crank is the girl’s mother; Sherman has been described as the spiritual advisor to the family. Both allegedly ignored advice from medical professionals to seek specialized care for the 15-year-old girl, who has been diagnosed with

Lawyers appeal deposition ban

Testimony of ill girl called vital The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Aug. 31, 2002 By Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer Defense lawyers in a Loudon County case involving a dying girl, her mother and the leader of the religious group they belong to have appealed a judge’s order prohibiting them from taking the child’s deposition. Donald A. Bosch and Gregory P. Isaacs filed their appeal of Sessions Judge William Russell’s opinion on Friday. Isaacs represents the 15-year-old girl’s mother, Jacqueline P. Crank, while Bosch represents Ariel Ben Sherman, who leads a small religious group in Loudon County. He was described as

Religious leader facing charges

WBIR News, Aug. 6, 2002 Authorities have arrested Ariel Ben Sherman of the New Life Tabernacle and he now faces charges of endangering the life of a 15-year-old girl. Back in June the 15-year-old girl’s mother, Jacqueline Crank, was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect for not seeking medical attention for her daughter, who has a tumor the size of a basketball on her shoulder. According to police documents, 71-year-old Ariel Ben Sherman brought the girl to a Lenoir City chiropractic clinic in February. Doctors there told Sherman the girl’s condition was serious and needed immediate attention. Sherman

Request denied for ill girl’s deposition

Judge says dying teen not up to it The Knoxville News-Centinel, Aug. 29, 2002 By Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer LOUDON – A Loudon County judge denied defense lawyers’ requests Wednesday to take a dying girl’s deposition – even though the girl apparently wants to give it to help her mother. “It is the court’s opinion it would be a great injustice to subject this dying child to the procedure of a deposition under even the (gentlest conditions),” Sessions Judge William H. Russell ruled. Russell also indicated he was concerned the girl’s testimony would shorten her final hours and

Girl may die before hearing

Testimony sought in mom’s abuse case, Aug. 19, 2002 A 15-year-old girl at the center of a firestorm over faith healing may not live long enough to testify this month at a hearing on charges of child abuse and neglect against her mother. Attorney Gregory P. Isaacs filed a motion in Loudon County General Sessions Court seeking a judge’s approval to take the terminally ill teenager’s deposition as soon as possible. The girl’s mother, Jacqueline P. Crank, faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 28 on allegations she failed to seek emergency medical treatment for her daughter in May despite