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    Mary Welch (10 m/o) allegedly died after her religious anti-vaxxer parents withheld medical care from her

    Crazy religious fundamentalists...sounds like they also starved her to me.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0530743c7d512

    A Michigan couple who told cops they declined to get medical help for their sick baby partly over ?religious reasons? are now facing charges of felony murder and first-degree child abuse for the child?s death.

    Seth Welch?s jaw dropped open during his arraignment in Kent County on Monday, as a judge informed him that the charges carried a potential life sentence. Beside him, his wife, Tatiana Fusari, wept openly.

    The Christian couple?s 10-month-old daughter, Mary Welch, was found dead in her crib in the couple?s Solon Township home on Aug. 2. The police officer who responded to Welch?s emergency call noted in his report that Mary?s cheeks and eyes were ?sunken into her head,? according to local ABC affiliate WZZM.

    An autopsy later determined that the child died from malnutrition and dehydration ?due to neglect by adult care givers,? a press release from the Kent County Sherriff?s Office states. The sheriff?s office ruled the death a homicide, and the parents were arrested on Aug. 3. The couple, both 27 years old, remain in jail without bond.

    During an interview with Kent County detectives, Fusari said the parents had noticed a change in their daughter?s physical appearance at least one month before her death, according to a police affidavit obtained by NBC affiliate WOOD-TV. Although the child appeared underweight, Fusari told the detectives she did not reach out for medical help for ?fear of having her children removed by Child Protective Services, lack of faith and trust in the medical services and religious reasons,? the affidavit states.

    The father, Seth Welch, appears to have railed against vaccines, doctors and the health care industry on his Facebook page. In a live video recorded three months ago on a page bearing his name, a man who looks like him says he hasn?t vaccinated his children. He says his children aren?t ?allergic to anything? and ?basically don?t get sick.?

    ?The righteous shall live by faith,? the man says in the video, quoting a Bible verse. ?It?s God who is sovereign over disease and those sorts of things and ultimately death. So it doesn?t worry me.?

    He says later in the video that he doesn?t think people can be good doctors if they don?t believe in creationism.
    His FB:
    https://www.facebook.com/seth.welch....vcCFDrUzNfDjuw

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    Unedited jailhouse video. This guy says some crazy shit like it's not unusual for their children to sleep up to 18 hours at a time during growth spurts. Also said a goat they owned died in the same manner a couple weeks before. He tells the story of Abraham and Isaac where God tests faith by ordering a child sacrifice. Says the child didn't cry, poor thing was probably too weak to cry.
    Assumption is the mother of all fuck ups

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XQak55jGYk

    Damn I saw a Segment on Youtube where Jeff Holiday has evidence that Del Bigtree and Alex Jones staff members were spreading anti-Vaxx propaganda to non-Biology major and Non Healthcare people.

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    I am amazed that we have reports of dead people who are getting killed by stuff that was eradicated two decades ago.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-tWw9uVRto

    Well Jeff Holiday did another rant video where he goes after another Anti-Vax Propagandist for exploiting parents on facebook.
    Holiday went after Larry Cook for being a scam artist and a child predator for exploiting parent and children's fears of vaccines.

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    https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...th/1601270002/

    A judge has ordered two Michigan parents to stand trial for murder in the death of their malnourished 10-month-old daughter, citing the "callousness" of the father's 911 call in which he referred to the child as "dead as a door knob."

    Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged in August with murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home. An autopsy found she died of malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect. Mary weighed only 8 pounds.

    "She looked like a hundred-year-old baby. All skin and bones," said Assistant Prosecutor Kim Richardson.

    Judge Sara Smolenski on Wednesday ordered Welch and Fusari to stand trial.

    "The skeletal-like posture of the child, in my opinion, speaks volumes, for how long the baby was not cared for properly," Smolenski said.

    Smolenski said she was struck by Welch's statement to a dispatcher where he describes Mary as "dead as a door knob." Welch also informed the dispatcher that he'd called his attorney about 90 minutes prior to calling 911 because he was unsure of what to do.

    Defense lawyers argued that the parents thought their child was skinny, but not sickly and didn't intentionally or knowingly cause harm.

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    What the fuck. I hate these crispy idiots.

    I always wondered why people can get away with being anti-vaxx. I mean, we know it's awesome, keeps yo babies alive, eradicates diseases, and is based on science fact but yet its perfectly legal to not vaccinate your kid for "religious" reasons. I'd honestly vote for an issue or politician that passes a law making anti-vaxxing illegal (except for the immunocomprimised).

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    ...because the earth is only 6000 years old and is flat. Makes perfect sense, right?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    ...because the earth is only 6000 years old and is flat. Makes perfect sense, right?!
    Doh! I have the forgets.
    Sarcastic. Skeptic Tank. Self-deprecating.

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    https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rap...ion-death.html

    Tatiana Fusari has withdrawn her no-contest plea to second-degree murder in the starvation death of her young daughter.

    Fusari says her husband, Seth Welch, 29, awaiting a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, abused her physically, emotionally and mentally and left her unable to protect their 10-month-old daughter, Mary.

    Weighing just eight pounds, the girl died Aug. 2, 2018, in Kent County’s Solon Township.

    A judge on Friday, May 22, granted her request to withdraw her plea.

    Fusari had pleaded no contest to reduced charges of second-degree murder and second-degree murder about a week after her husband was convicted of felony murder – a killing during the course of another felony, or first-degree child abuse in this case.

    Under the plea agreement, Fusari would have served at least 25 years in prison.

    She will now face the original charges and a potential mandatory life sentence without parole if convicted. Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kim Richardson said that all deals are off the table and the case will go to trial.
    https://www.woodtv.com/news/kent-cou...deliberations/

    A Kent County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after horrific pictures of his dead and dying child along with his seemingly callous reaction convinced a jury that he murdered the baby.

    In an emotional closing statement, Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kimberly Richardson told the jury that what Mary Welch suffered was nothing short of torture as she was imprisoned in her crib on a filthy mattress.

    “What injury did she have? Her whole body was an injury. Her entire body was injured,” Richardson said

    The seven women and five men decided in less than an hour and a half that Seth Welch is guilty of child abuse and murder by failing to feed the child and get her medical care despite it being obvious that his daughter was so weak that she could not move her arms or even cry.
    ichardson said the father allowed the child to die because he considered her too small and weak to help on the farm he was planning in what he described as “natural selection.”

    “Look at this poor little thing,” Richardson said projecting a photo of Mary Anne’s wrinkled, starved body on the courtroom wall. “She had no muscle, none. Her muscles were atrophy, her body ate itself.”

    Welch declined to take the stand. His attorney told the jury that Welch did feed his child, but his religious beliefs kept him from taking the child for medical care and he just didn’t get how bad the child’s situation was.

    The prosecutor told the jury about Seth Welch demanding medical treatment for himself while in jail as proof that his fear of medicine was not genuine.
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    They're in jail, right? No way to get food on their own? Starve 'em.
    You are talking to a woman who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe.
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    She still hasn't gone to trail yet, but I thought this was interesting.

    https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rap...ustody-ok.html

    Tatiana Fusari, awaiting sentencing in the starvation death of a 10-month-old daughter, smiled when a caseworker testified that her three surviving children were doing well in foster care.

    One of them, a boy, was born in January 2019 while Fusari was jailed. He has had no contact with his brother and sister.

    Fusari, 29, faces at least 25 years in prison when sentenced next month after pleading no contest to second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse in the Aug. 2, 2018, starvation death of her daughter, Mary.

    The girl weighed only eight pounds when she was found dead in her urine-soaked crib.

    Her father, Seth Welch, 28, was convicted in a jury trial of felony murder and first-degree child abuse. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Both were in Kent County Circuit Court on Thursday, March 5, for a review hearing. A trial to terminate their parental rights was set for March 31, five days after both are scheduled for sentencing.

    Caseworker Elisabeth Mulholland said that the two older children are together with grandparents while the youngest has separate placement.

    A therapist recommended that contact between the youngest and older two be suspended, court records showed.

    Mulholland said that the children will eventually meet in a therapeutic setting.

    Kent County Circuit Judge Joseph Rossi agreed with keeping the younger child apart from older siblings for the time being but said that would eventually have to change. He didn’t want them to grow up and find out that a “secret sibling” had been kept from them.

    As Mulholland spoke about the children, Fusari smiled, particularly when testimony focused on her youngest child. Her husband spoke quietly to his attorney.

    The parents were also concerned if the children were able to celebrate birthdays.

    The mother has been writing letters to the children. The letters have to be approved by authorities before being provided to the children.

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