Creswell faith-healing parents released on bail



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Creswell parents accused of manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 16-year-old son have been released on bail.

KEZI reports ( ) Brandi and Russell Bellews are wearing ankle bracelets. They are not staying together and neither can have any contact with their children.

Brandi Bellews’ son Austin Sprout died Dec. 20 after being ill for more than a week. The Lane County sheriff’s office says the parents declined to seek medical attention for the boy due to their religious beliefs.

The two were arrested Friday. They pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree manslaughter and were released Tuesday after relatives posted $20,000 bail.

They are affiliated with the General Assembly and Church of the First Born, which believes in using prayer to treat illness.


Information from: KEZI-TV,