Pregnant woman charged with 13 others in death by religious cult of 8-year-old girl with diabetes, refuses all medical care in prison despite impending birth
- Woman in prison for allegedly participating in cult murder, refusing medical help
- Samantha Emily Crouch rejects medical interventions to help her give birth
- Queensland authorities are concerned for the well-being of her unborn baby
- Crouch with 13 others allegedly murdered eight-year-old Elizabeth Struhs
- Group would have taken her diabetes medication before her death
A woman accused of participating in the murder of an eight-year-old girl with diabetes refuses medical treatment while pregnant in prison.
Samantha Emily Crouch, who is at the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Center in Wacol, has refused to allow medical personnel near her.
She was charged with the murder of Elizabeth Struhs in Toowoomba last January after she, along with 13 others, allegedly robbed the child of her insulin.
Her refusal to accept help in prison has frustrated workers concerned about the health of the alleged killer’s unborn baby.
Samantha Emily Crouch has refused to allow Queensland medical personnel near her, frustrating workers concerned about the health of her unborn baby
The fundamentalist group, calling itself “the Saints,” is said to have prayed for Elizabeth (pictured), who had type 1 diabetes, in an effort to let God “cure” her or raise her from the dead
Officers told the courier post Crouch has threatened to have the baby without advising anyone.
‘[Authorities] don’t know how far it is. An officer has to observe her all night during overtime,” an insider said.
Crouch is part of a religious sect that rejects medical intervention, the police claimed.
The fundamentalist group calls itself “the saints” and allegedly considers itself the highest form of Christianity.
In January, members of the group prayed for Elizabeth, who had type 1 diabetes, in an effort to let God “cure” her or raise her from the dead.
It is alleged that instead of giving the little girl life-saving medication, her parents Jason, 50, and Kerrie, 46, and up to 20 members of their breakaway Christian church surrounded Elizabeth, singing prayers and hymns.
But the girl died five days later, on Jan. 7, after the insulin was taken off her on Jan. 2, police claimed.
Ambulance personnel were also only informed of the death a day later, because the group reportedly did not want to keep a corpse in the house.
The parents were charged with murder, torture and failure to provide for the youngster’s necessities – with 14 members of the group in custody.
The group consists of eight women and six men, with the oldest a 64-year-old woman and the youngest a 19-year-old man.
Elizabeth Rose Struhs, 8, was found dead at her home in Toowoomba, Queensland, (pictured) after her parents reportedly stopped giving her vital type 1 diabetes medication