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Creswell, OR – Brandi and Russel Bellew have pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Brandi Bellew’s 16-year-old son, Austin Sprout.

Sprout, who is Russel Bellew’s stepson, died of a burst appendix in December.  After a seven week investigation into the death, Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brandi and Russel Bellew.  They originally pleaded not guilty to the charges and the trial was set to start this week.

The Bellews are members of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which teaches that prayer, not medical care, will cure their sick members, no matter how grave the circumstances.

Now, I know it’s probably going to come as a shock to you, as it did to me, but bacteria, viruses, and cancer couldn’t give two craps about what you’re asking your god to do.  That also goes for serious bodily injury.  Scrapes, minor cuts, bruises, and headaches, however, are under strict orders to eventually scram when ordered by God, it would seem.

“That is what the arrests are based on, is the withholding of medical care in this case that allowed Austin to die.” Capt.…


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