Small, generally fundamentalist Christian
|The Body (a.k.a. "The Body of Christ"): This
is a small Fundamentalist Christian faith group in Attleboro MA, consisting of several extended families living together in a commune.
It does not appear to have a formal name; however, members often refer to their group as as "The Body." They split away from
a larger Bible study group circa 1980. They reject conventional medical support, even to the point where their members refuse to wear
glasses. They have generally withdrawn from society, rejecting contact with education, government, medical services, banking services,
entertainment. etc. They advocate faith healing. Two infants in the group, Samuel Robidoux and Jeremiah Corneau, have allegedly died --
one stillborn and the other allegedly starved to death -- and been secretly buried in Maine. 1
|Bible Readers Fellowship: This is a small, Evangelical Christian group
in Florida. They shun medical treatment.
|Church of the First Born: This group is mainly
active in Colorado and Oklahoma. The sect promotes the use of prayer to
heal; they do not believe in doctors or medicine.
Jason Lockhart, 9, of Enid, OK died of a ruptured appendix in 1982-DEC.
Desiree Camren, 3, of Cushing, OK died after a treatable illness. Testimony at the trial indicated that the parents knew the child was dying but attributed it to God's punishment because the father had not been attending church. This is one more indicator of the biblical theme of transferring sin and punishment from the guilty to the innocent.
Angela Sweet, 7, of Olathe, CO, died in 1990-JUN of a ruptured appendix.
Jordan Northrup, 4 months, in Redding , CA, died in 1991-JAN of meningitis and pneumonia. 3
Loyd and Christina Hayes are members of this church in Albany OR. They were charged with criminally negligent homicide
in the death of their 7 year old son who died in 1994-NOV from a treatable form of leukemia. After the 1986-APR trial,
the father was given 5 years probation, and ordered to report any serious illness or injury to any child in his care.
The mother was acquitted. He filed an appeal on 1996-JUL. The state has also appealed, because the judge did not sentence
Hayes to prison, as specified in the sentencing guidelines.
Billy and Barbara Reed of Clifton CO withheld medical treatment in
favor of prayer for their three-day-old son, Billy Ray. A treatable
heart condition was not detected. He died in 2000-JUL. He seemed to be
recovering, but later stopped breathing. Paramedics were called but were
unable to revive him.
In early 2001-FEB, Amanda Bates, 13, died from diabetes in Grand
Junction, CO. Her parents withheld medical treatment. Her death was
ruled a homicide by the Mesa County coroner, Dr. Rob Kurtzman.
End Time Ministries: They have lost several members in a number of states due to their exclusive belief in faith healing. Members Charles and Marilee
Myers in Lake City, FL, were charged with child abuse in 1990. Their son, William, needed an operation to remove a heart tumor. His kidneys and liver had failed; he had lost 30% of
his weight. He was near death both because of the tumor and from the complications of long-term malnutrition. A few months later, their newborn grandson died from massive
hemorrhaging; the parents did not seek medical treatment. Two other End Time Ministry families in Florida lost daughters in the early 1990's. Five newborns died in Sioux Falls
SD during the 1980's. They died during births that were unattended by medical personnel by women who belonged to this group. 4
|Faith Assembly: This is a fundamentalist faith group that shuns medical
care in favor of prayer. The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, IN, published a
series of articles on this group which revealed that in the late 1980's and early 1990's:
|Full Gospel Deliverance Church: A member from Fayetteville, NC,
pleaded no contest in 1994-JUN to involuntary manslaughter. His 15 year old son had also
died from complications resulting from diabetes.
|Faith Tabernacle Congregation: This is a Fundamentalist Christian congregation
based in Philadelphia PA, which has "stations" from New Jersey to
Africa. 5 It was founded in 1987 and currently
has about 18,000 members. They teach their members to be consistent: to
follow the will of God tenaciously as they see it. Some members practice this belief in
the area of physical health. Some health problems have become public:
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