Tag: General Assembly and Church of the First Born

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.

Children of parents charged in faith healing death of son become wards of the state

Russel and Brandi Bellew Six siblings in Creswell, Oregon, became wards of the state as their parents await trial in connection with the faith healing death of their teenage son.

The family attends the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in Pleasant Hill, which generally believes in using prayer instead of medical care to treat illnesses.