An Albany couple faces serious consequences after being accused of withholding medical care for their 12-year-old daughter, Syble, which led to her death, according to FOX 12.
Albany police arrested Travis Rossiter, 39, and Wenona Rossiter, 37, Thursday morning on charges of first and second degree manslaughter. The charges arose from a secret indictment.
Police were called to the Rossiter home on Feb. 5 for the death of their daughter.
An investigation into the death showed that the Rossiters withheld “necessary and adequate medical attention,” for their daughter, who had a treatable condition.
Capt. Eric Carter of the Albony Police Department said, “They belonged to a belief system called the Church of the First Born,” and, “I’ll let you do your own research.”
When asked if syble Rossiter would have survived with adequate medical care, he responded, “That’s what I was briefed on. Yes.”
Linn County Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Goby told Koin 6 news that the girl died from complications of Type 1 diabetes.
Neigbor Catherine Dewall remembers Syble as a quiet girl with “long blond hair, always had the long braids,” who loved riding her pink bike and, “She seemed shy to talk to people because they picked apples out of my yard.”
It has not been released yet as to whether the choice to withhold medical care based on their faith.
Fellow church members Brandi and Russel Bellew pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after their son, Austin Sprout Creswell, 16, died from a ruptured appendix last year.
Loyd and Christina Hays, also members of the church, were on trieal in the mid 1990’s after their son died from a treatable case of Leukemia. Loyd was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and Christina was acquitted.
Court records show that Christina Hays is a grand jury witness in the Rossitor’s case.
The Rossiters were booked in the Linn County Jail and are scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday afternoon. Their bail was set at $50,000 each.
Oregon no longer allows religion as a defense to manslaughter charges in “faith-healing” cases.
The Rossiters have two other children. DHS stepped in to look at their children while their parents are in jail.