Parents who let child die due to religious beliefs are horrified when hearing the murder charge
Two parents from western Michigan may be sentenced to life in prison after finding their youngest daughter dead in her crib.
Mary, a 10-month-old baby, drew her last breath on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The autopsy revealed that the child died from dehydration and malnutrition.
Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari have been charged with murder and child abuse and they may be sentenced to life in prison without parole and a video of their courtroom appearance has been uploaded to Youtube
The Christian couple was deemed responsible for the child's death after they allegedly refused to get medical help for 'religious reasons.'
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In the footage captured in a Kent County court, Welch and Fusari, both 27, can be seen staring with disbelief at the judge as they are read their charges.
Welch kept his mouth open in shock while Fusari burst into tears. The couple, from Cedar Springs, didn't seek medical help because they feared Child Protective Services would be called.
Aside from that, the parents, who also have two other children, ages two and four, revealed that they lacked faith and trust in medical services based on their religion.
According to Welch, neither of his children was vaccinated because 'God is sovereign over disease,' and doctors are nothing more than 'priesthoods of the medical cult.'
In a Facebook video, Welch argued that it didn't 'seem smart' to save weak people since evolution is based on the survival of the fittest theory, which is why he considers vaccines useless.
Child Protective Services have filed a neglect case against the parents on Monday regarding the two eldest children, whose identities are yet to be revealed.
The couple is now scheduled to appear in court on August 20, were, if convicted of felony murder, they will be facing life behind bars.
Back in 2017, Michael and Georgina Roberts, from Jerseyville, Illinois, deprived their children of food as punishment. They were both charged with murder after their 6-year-old son died of extreme malnourishment.