NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman who refused to report her husband's yearslong sexual abuse of young relatives and instead prayed for "the demon" to leave him was ordered Thursday to spend a year in a prison treatment program.
Judge Christopher Nye said that if Sarah Kester, 51, fails to successfully complete the program, she will serve at least four and up to 10 years in prison, the Idaho Press reported.
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman told deputies her religious beliefs prompted her to pray for her husband instead of tell police that he sexually abused young relatives, authorities said.
WERNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The pastor of a fundamentalist congregation that eschews modern medicine will stand trial on a charge he should have alerted authorities when his 2-year-old granddaughter was dying of pneumonia last year, a judge ruled Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oils were arrested Monday in the death of their premature baby.
Sarah Mitchell, 24, and Travis Lee Mitchell, 21, are accused of murder and criminal mistreatment. They have been under investigation since March, when Sarah delivered twin girls at her grandparents' home. One of the babies had breathing problems and died a few hours later.
BERNVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a judge's decision to throw out a charge against a pastor in a faith healing death (all times local):
A district attorney in Pennsylvania plans to refile a charge against a pastor in a faith healing death.
A judge Wednesday ruled there wasn't enough evidence to support allegations that the Rev. Rowland Foster broke state law by not alerting authorities when 2-year-old Ella Foster was dying at home of pneumonia.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's chief medical examiner said Tuesday that an infant born to members of a church that practices faith healing died from complications of prematurity as authorities conducted a criminal investigation into the child's death.
The baby, Gennifer, was probably "a couple of months" premature and her lungs were too underdeveloped to allow her to breath unassisted for long, Dr. Karen Gunson, the chief medical examiner, said in a phone interview.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a baby girl born to two members of an Oregon church that embraces faith healing.
Sgt. Dan Kraus of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a 24-year-old woman gave birth to two girls at her parents' Oregon City home on March 5. One of the babies had breathing problems and died a few hours later.
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple who told police their faith forbids any kind of medical treatment were charged Wednesday in the pneumonia death of their 2-year-old daughter, becoming the latest members of their sect to be prosecuted for failing to take a dying child to a doctor.
Jonathan and Grace Foster attributed the Nov. 8 death of their daughter, Ella Grace Foster, to "God's will," according to a police affidavit.