6 siblings in state custody as parents await trial

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Six Creswell siblings have become wards of the state as their parents await trial in connection with the death of their teenage son.

The Register-Guard (http://is.gd/UTv5QO ) reports Brandi and Russel Bellew face second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of 16-year-old Austin Sprout. But a judge ruled Monday they may continue to care for their remaining children under a state-supervised "in-home safety plan."

Lane County Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Eveleen Henry set out several terms of the plan during a court hearing, including immediate notification of the state Department of Human Services if any of the children develops any medical symptoms, illness or injury.

The family attends the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in Pleasant Hill, which believes in using prayer instead of medical care.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com