Faith healing parents found guilty of manslaughter

Faith healing parents found guilty of manslaughter November 11, 2014

Justice for a dead girl: An Oregon jury has found Travis and Wenona Rossiter guilty of manslaughter in the faith healing death of their 12-year-old daughter, Syble Rossiter.

Monday evening, after only four hours of deliberation, a jury found both Wenona and Travis Rossiter guilty of manslaughter in the first and second degree in the death of their daughter.

Syble Ann Marie Rossiter, died in February, 2013, at the family home in Albany, Oregon. The Medical Examiner reports the girl died from complications of Type 1 diabetes, a treatable medical condition.

The jury found the couple recklessly and negligently caused the death of their 12-year-old daughter Syble last year, who died from diabetic ketoacidosis.

In court last week, Deputy District Attorney Keith Stein said on the day of her death, Syble Rossiter was extremely thirsty and dehydrated, vomited and urinated out everything she took into her system, and was so weak she couldn’t stand. Stein said:

“This is a situation where she could have been saved quite easily by insulin and re-hydration.”

Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born. The church rejects modern medicine, and believes that those who are sick should be prayed over and anointed with oil. The church teaches that if someone goes to a doctor for medical care, they are going against God.

In interviews with detectives, the parents said that, based on their beliefs, they wouldn’t have done anything different.

Travis Rossiter told a detective that doctors are for people who don’t believe strongly enough in God.

However, despite Travis Rossiter’s claims about modern medicine, his wife Wenona told the jury that she once before took her husband to the emergency room.

The couple will be sentenced on Dec. 19.

Wenona and Travis Rossiter
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