Syble Rossiter, the child of Travis and Wenona Rossiter, died of diabetes complications at the tender age of 12 because her parents withheld life-saving treatment from her because they believed in faith healing. The child’s decline was so noticeable that her teacher questioned the parents as to why she was losing so much weight. The family belongs to the fundamentalist Church of the First Born in Albany that “believes traditional medical treatment is sinful, and instead trust in God to heal them through faith”.
The parents are now on trial for manslaughter but their lawyer has made a motion that their belief in faith healing should not be presented as evidence before the jury and the judge is weighing this request. In other words, they were quite proudly willing to risk their daughter’s life for their crackpot ideas but when it comes to saving their own skin, they want to hide their belief.
What makes this worse is that Wenona Rossiter’s brother died of leukemia at the age of seven because her father withheld medical treatment from him, again because of a belief in faith healing, so she knew first hand the danger involved to her child by pursuing this course of action.
It seems like nothing, even major tragedies, changes the minds of these religious people once they get an idea like this into their heads.