Fallen followers: Investigation finds 10 more dead children of faith healers
BOISE, Idaho – Peaceful Valley Cemetery sits on a windswept hill 30 miles east of Boise.
KATU’s Dan Tilkin covered many faith-healing stories. He traveled to Idaho to trace the connections between Followers members in both states, and a new trail of dead children.
A former member of the Followers of Christ advised him to go to Peaceful Valley and look for two specific names. He found them. He found many more.
A coroner’s report says a 6-day-old baby died of interstitial pneumonitis. That’s pneumonia, untreated.
A baby girl lived only 20 minutes. The coroner’s report said she received no pre-natal care.
A coroner believes a 2-year-old who had Down’s Syndrome died of pneumonia.
A 15 years old girl died of food poisoning. She vomited so badly she ruptured her esophagus.
A four days old boy died of “likely an intestinal blockage.”
A 16-year-old girl died of pneumonia.
A boy died from diabetes at the age of 11.
A 12 year old girl died in Albany, Ore. Her parents, Travis and Wenona Rossiter, face manslaughter charges.
In 2010, jurors in Clackamas County convicted Jeff and Marci Beagley of letting their son Neal die of an untreated urinary tract infection.
Of the 553 marked graves at Peaceful Valley Cemetery, 144 appear to be children under 18. That’s more than 25 percent.