Christian Parents Charged With Murder After Starving Daughter For ‘Religious Reasons’

Christian parents in Michigan who refused to get their dying daughter medical attention because of “religious reasons” have been arrested and charged with murder.

Seth Michael Welch and Tatiana Elena Fusari, both 27, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, have been arrested and charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after allowing their 10-month-old daughter, Mary Welch, to die of malnutrition and dehydration.

The couple told authorities they refused to get medical attention for their starving and suffering daughter because of “religious reasons.”

A police affidavit obtained by WOOD-TV notes:

During interviews with both parents, admissions were made that they were aware of Mary Welch’s skinny appearance and low weight for at least one month prior to this date.

Tatiana Fusari admitted during the interview that they failed to reach out for medical help with their daughter for fear of having her children removed by Child Protective Services, lack of faith and trust in the medical services and religious reasons.

Feeling sorry for himself, Seth Welch posted about his daughter’s death on his Facebook page:

Heart is about shattered right now.

Woke up to Mary dead in her bed this morning – this evening had our children removed and placed on “no contact” because Tati and I are the worst parents ever – Thankfully they are with grandma and grandpa

Just numb inside right now. And I’m really enjoying the loving embrace of an isolation cell from the cops and government employees who keep assuring me “they are only here to help”.

On his Facebook page Welch denounced doctors, claiming:

They’re priesthoods of the medical cult.

Welch was also opposed to vaccines, at one point declaring:

The righteous shall live by faith. It’s God who is sovereign over disease and those sorts of things and, of course, ultimately deaths.

Raw Story reports that the couple ran a farm north of Grand Rapids, noting:

The deeply religious family had decorated the farm, which includes a U-Pick, with signs that read “Repent. Believe. Obey.”

The couple is due back in court on August 20. They are currently being held without bond. If convicted of felony murder, the parents would face mandatory penalties of life in prison without hope for parole.

Bottom line: Christian parents in Michigan allowed their 10-month-old daughter, Mary Welch, to die of malnutrition and dehydration. In the end, they refused to seek medical care for the suffering girl because of “religious reasons.”

And so it goes.  

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Christian Parents Charged With Murder After Starving Daughter For ‘Religious Reasons’ (Image via Screen Grab)
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