Couple Gets 10-Year Jail Sentence for Refusing Medical Attention on Faith-Based Grounds:

Someone should have known this was going to happen.  It’s truly horrible when someone allows faith to stand in the way of medical attention (is it so HARD to believe that just maybe, a God put medicine on Earth for a reason?)

But when they name their daughter Syble; that’s like broadcasting their intentions, even if the real Sybil admitted to being a fake.

Travis and Wenona Rossiter of the Church of the First Born (complain to the Church there) are the latest parents to allow their child to die because their religion forbids medicine.  They just received a 10-year jail sentence for manslaughter for doing so, which I think should be classed as premeditated murder.  There simply isn’t anyone in Western society who doesn’t know–somewhere inside them, that not seeking medical attention and/or withholding life-saving treatments for serious illnesses can kill somebody.  After all, with all of the high-profile media coverage of these kinds of crimes, nobody has an excuse.     This goes double when the perpetrators say that they wouldn’t have done anything differently, and admitted that they would have tried to talk their daughter out of seeking medical attention if she had asked.

In court, the pair stated that they thought their daughter was suffering from a flu. This, is how Deputy District Attorney Keith Stein described Syble Rossiter’s symptoms in the days before her death:

“(She)…was extremely thirsty and dehydrated, vomited and urinated out everything she took into her system, and was so weak she couldn’t stand.”

Syble was, in fact, suffering from diabetes and had been for quite some while.  She died in February of 2013, at 12 years old.

If there is anything positive to be gained out of this, it’s that the courts seem to be showing a willingness to prosecute this kind of behavior.


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Lance LeClaire is a freelance artist and writer. He writes on subjects ranging from science and skepticism, atheism, and religious history and issues, to unexplained mysteries and historical oddities, among other subjects. You can look him up on Facebook, or keep an eye for his articles on Here I blog about issues and news relating to atheism and religion primarily, and C.A.A.C.A. is a satire/parody site. That should go without saying, but in America it's often necessary anyway.

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