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In Oregon a husband and wife received probation after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in the faith healing death of their 16-year-old son. According to reports, Russel and Brandi Bellew allowed their 16-year-old son to die a painful and agonizing death from an infection caused by a burst appendix, choosing to treat their son with prayer rather than modern medicine.

The couple pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday, September 18, and were sentenced to five years probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

16-year-old Austin Lewis Sprout died after his appendix burst in December. Because of religious beliefs Sprout’s mother and stepfather watched the boy die rather than seek medical attention. Sheriff's Office deputies from Lane County, Oregon, arrested Brandi and Russel Bellew (Sprout's mother and step-father) in February after a seven-week investigation into the teen’s death.

Brandi and Russel Bellew are members of the General Assembly Church of the First Born, a faith healing church that has been implicated in the death of numerous children over the years. And apparently, the faith healing church is also implicated in the death of two other members of Sprout’s family.

Last year the Oregon House or Representatives voted to end legal protection for parents who choose faith healing over modern medicine to treat their sick child. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office has estimated that in the past 30 years, more than 20 children of faith healing church members have died of preventable or curable conditions.

Russel and Brandi Bellew, Examiner.com 68 Comments [9/24/2012 3:49:45 AM]
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FTR...

Nothing fails like prayer.

9/24/2012 4:01:49 AM

Mike Litoris


9/24/2012 4:11:30 AM

Le Proon

Medicine is real, your God and brains are not.

Good day.

9/24/2012 4:13:21 AM

Voice of Humanity

Five years probation for filicide? That's a damn farce.

9/24/2012 4:13:39 AM

Reynardine

You'd think after several other of their family members died, they'd have figured out it doesn't work.

9/24/2012 4:35:29 AM

Leighton Buzzard

Should have done time.

9/24/2012 4:36:21 AM

Philbert McAdamia

@ Voice of Humanity
Five years probation for filicide? That's a damn farce.

And apparently, the faith healing church is also implicated in the death of two other members of Sprout’s family.

Dang, Brandi. We done put two of 'em in the ground, now we gotta wait 5 more years before we can do another'n. 'Tain't fair.
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@ D. Thomas (below)
Can you imagine how painful and horrible it would be to die from a burst appendix?

Yeah, I think I have a pretty good idea; I spent 3 days with enteriis, doubled up in a knot of agony, puking black "coffee grounds" and shitting tar. That was 50 years ago, and I haven't forgotten it. Nowadays if I even think I'm getting an upset tummy the flares go up. Fortunately I have the V.A. keeping me alive (HOORAY for socialized med!) that navy time wasn't a total loss, after all.
It was 3 days, because my old man was a republican, and though he worked a steady job with the county, and it wouldn't have cost him a nickel to take me in, he didn't believe in "that welfare shit"*. So he took me to an El Cheapo clinic and paid out of pocket, and pissed and moaned about it for years.

* He damn sure took his paychecks, though, and the Social Security ones when he got them, and poor mouthed Roosevelt to his grave.

The bastard.

9/24/2012 5:00:33 AM

Justanotheratheist

They should have got 20 years in the slammer. This bullshit of "faith healing" has no place in the 21st century and has to be stamped out.

They could always pass the time talking to god.

9/24/2012 5:05:36 AM

Swede

This brings to mind the comic about God sending a small motor-boat, a hellicopter and a ferry to rescue a drowning man, but he refused to be rescued and waited for God to do it personally.

If God is omniscient and omnipotent (and existing), he puts the will to learn medical science into people's heads, and he makes them invent new procedures and machines that can save people.

9/24/2012 5:10:14 AM

Doubting Thomas

I'm thoroughly pissed off that they got away with just probation. These people need to be locked up. Can you imagine how painful and horrible it would be to die from a burst appendix?

9/24/2012 5:14:23 AM

Mister Spak

Atheistic science can cure appendicitis. God can't.

9/24/2012 5:30:20 AM

gravematter

Religion always gets a free pass. If these parents had given any other reason for doing this than "faith", they'd be in jail or a mental asylum. Five years probation is, frankly, disgraceful.

9/24/2012 5:49:21 AM

Prager

This is a classic case of negligent homicide.

9/24/2012 6:03:18 AM

Anon-e-moose

Here is the reason why there should be compulsory sterilisation of all fundies.

And they should consider themselves fucking lucky that it's done under anaesthetic.

9/24/2012 6:17:37 AM

D Laurier

After two family members already died from faith-healing, why wouldnt they start to wonder if something was wrong?
If the three legged horse named "gluepot" has never finished a race... why bet on him to win?

9/24/2012 6:38:06 AM

The Crimson Ghost

These people are absolutely disgusting. I cannot fathom how they can live with themselves. I'm not a parent but it is beyond me how ANYONE can sit back & watch their child die. These two are a waste of resources & I sincerely hope that a stray weather satellite falls on their house.

9/24/2012 6:42:57 AM

Dr. Razark

When someone says "What harm is there in religion?", you can tell them to ask Austin Lewis Sprout.

While I applaud Oregon for trying to protect people from this stuff, probation isn't enough. They should be sentenced to appendicitis.

9/24/2012 6:46:08 AM

Churchy LaFemme

From what I've read in other cases, the usual rationale is that the only reason God didn't cure the sick child was that the parent's faith wasn't strong enough.

Evidently the same argument explains why God doesn't heal amputees.

9/24/2012 6:48:45 AM

Robespierre

Probation? They are insane.
How many more people must die until the church is shut down?

9/24/2012 6:51:01 AM

John

"And he [the devil] brought him [Jesus] to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." (Luke 4:9-12)

Even Jesus knew enough not to expect God to save you from your own stupidity.

9/24/2012 6:52:17 AM

UHM

Words fail me...

9/24/2012 6:57:26 AM

Papabear

But, I prayed to my imaginary friend and I really, really wanted him to get better.

9/24/2012 6:59:54 AM

Horsefeathers

"The couple pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday, September 18, and were sentenced to five years probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors."

Probation? That's it?

What the fuck, Oregon?

"Brandi and Russel Bellew are members of the General Assembly Church of the First Born, a faith healing church that has been implicated in the death of numerous children over the years. And apparently, the faith healing church is also implicated in the death of two other members of Sprout’s family."

And yet, miraculously, nobody arrests the goofy fuckers because they hide their insanity behind the guise of "religion".

"Last year the Oregon House or Representatives voted to end legal protection for parents who choose faith healing over modern medicine to treat their sick child."

You're just now getting around to this?

Let me guess, voting to give yourselves a pay raise or more vacation time took precedence, right?

9/24/2012 7:12:03 AM

Rob aka Mediancat

The Bellews are as responsible for their son's death as if they put a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Five years' probation is a slap on the wrist compared to what these people deserved.

Rob

9/24/2012 7:59:19 AM



Faith healing is essentially honor killing of unwanted children, along with starving and beating them to death to remove demons.

Religious people aren't as stupid as you think.

9/24/2012 8:00:07 AM
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