14, 1995 - December 20, 2011
A Grave Memorial
Can people be healed by faith alone?
Austin Sprout was only 16 years old and his parents believed that their
faith alone would heal him even though five years earlier, Brian
Sprout, Austin's father, died of Sepsis after he refused medical care
thinking that his faith alone was enough to make
him well. The Sprout family are members of a church called The General
Assembly Church Of The Fist Born, a
church which is known for practicing faith healing.
Brandi Bellew, who
remarried after the death of her husband Brian as
well as her husband Russell, faced second degree
manslaughter charges after the death of Austin. Austin
apparently suffering with Flu like symptoms before he died. Brandi
Brian's six other children became wards of the state
after they were charged.
Brandi and Russell would
be able to take care of
remaining children through a state supervised in
home safety plan which was decided by Lane County
Circuit Juvenile Court Judge, Eveleen Henry. What was SHE thinking? Giving the care of
children over to parents
who have already killed one child? Through the safety
plan, a state approved safety provider would be there and
would report any sign of illness in any of the
children and would call 911 if needed. The person who was
appointed was also a member of the church the family
attended though Del McCracken says he believes in
getting medical treatment when necessary.
Under the terms of
their pre-trial release from jail, Brandi, who was
36 years old at the time and Russell, who was 39 years old at the time,
were not allowed to have any contact with each other, so they are going
to take turns being with their children. Brandi remained in the home
with the children while Russell moved out and Bob Schrank,
Russell's lawyer said that Russell thought the children
should remain in their home. Of the six children taken
into custody, three were the biological children of
Brian Sprout and Brandi and two were the biological
children of Russell Bellew with one being the biological
child of both. It was reported that Russell had lost his first
wife, Randi Dawn Bellew, in 2008, there is no cause of death listed for
Brandi, though there were two
listed as having died, Elizabeth and Emma Bellew.
were there at the hearing and bowed their heads to pray
during the hearing. A State Child
caseworker, Jennifer Long Perkins, told the judge that the
remaining children in the home were aged
from 17 years old
down to a baby. Each name was called and each was
recommend to be removed from the custody of the couple due to
the death of Austin. If the couple is
convicted, they would face a sickenly short prison sentence of
a mandatory minimum of six years and three months.
For killing their child? What is to stop people from
killing their children if they face such a small punishment
A court appointed
lawyer, Rebecca May, for the six children said that
they were extraordinary children, very charming, well
mannered, gracious, intelligent and interesting also
saying that the family has a lot of support:
I was there,
four other adults were there helping the mother"
objections made during court came from Bob Schrank, Russell's
lawyer and Hugh Duvall, Brandi's lawyer, when they
thought it was unnecessary for the parents to
go through a comprehensive psychological
exam. Land County
Deputy District Attorney, lisa Chriton didn't agree:
"By no means are we
suggesting that these parents are crazy. But we are
asking the family to make
a significant, life
change decision about a practice (faith healing) they
have long upheld. We want a
that they are able to do that"
Lane County Circuit Juvenile Court Judge, Evelenn Henry agreed
and ordered the exams to take place, though
she allowed them to be delayed until the criminal case is over.
Being a Christian myself, I do believe that God has the power to heal. HOWEVER, I also believe that God
gave man the ability to heal man and that it should be common sense to
of us that taking a child to the doctor when they are sick is
necessary. It seems this family has lost a lot of
members due to "faith healing" and when it has become so obvious that
it's not working, a new plan should be formed.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
— A graveside service will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 27, at
Creswell Pioneer Cemetery for Austin Lewis Sprout of Creswell, who died
Dec. 20 of unknown causes, pending autopsy. He was 16. A dinner will
follow at the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born.
was born July 14, 1995, in Lowell to Brian and Brandi Smith Sprout.
was a junior at Creswell High School and worked at Mountain View
include his parents; grandparents Roy Sprout of Crewell, Roy and Wanda
Bellew of Delta, Colo.; Doreen Smith of Cottage Grove and Randy and Pam
Wilkinson of Parkland, Okla.; great-grandmother Mary Smith of Dexter;
four sisters, Mariah Bellew, Breanna Sprout, MaKayla Sprout and Katie
Bellew, all of Creswell; and two brothers, Braeden Sprout and Zach
Bellew, both of Cresshy;well.
by England's Eugene Memorial Chapel.
Today is June 15, 2014 and while looking for updates for Austin's
story, I found this information:
In September of 2012 Russell and Brandi accepted a plea deal that would
keep them out of prison. A disgusting sentence of five years of
probation was handed down to them in exchange for their pleas of guilty
to negligent homicide. Part of the plea deal states that their children
will be closely monitored by the Department Of Human Services and that
any time one of the children misses school because of being sick, they
have to be seen by a doctor.
A child dies and then his siblings are allowed to stay with those
responsible for his death? This makes no sense to me, but what do I know? I'm just someone who HATES child abuse!
occurred in the
state of Oregon
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