Dozen Christians who prayed when diabetic girl, 8, instead of giving insulin

A dozen members of a Christian group in Queensland, Australia are facing murder charges after they allegedly allowed an eight-year-old girl to die of diabetes while they prayed for her.

Elizabeth Struhs died in her Toowoomba home on January 7, as police claim her parents and their friends decided to hold a prayer ritual rather than treat her type one diabetes with vital insulin.

Her dad, Jason, 50 and mum, Kerrie, 46 allegedly chanted prayers and hymns with up to 20 members of their breakaway Christian church who surrounded their child rather than get her life-saving medication.

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Some of the members of the group, who call themselves 'The Saints' as they believe they are at the height of Christianity, even played the guitar as the little girl lay dying and no one called an ambulance.

It has even been claimed that the parents withheld Elizabeth's insulin for days prior to her death as they believed that "God would save her."

The parents have now been charged with murder, torture and failing to provide the necessities of life for the youngster – alongside 12 other members of the group who were taken into custody for murder charges on Monday (July 4).

Bodycam footage shows the mass arrest of the group which includes eight women and four men, with the oldest a 64-year-old female and the youngest a 19-year-old male.

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The video shows law enforcement arriving at a house on Homestead Avenue as they told the occupants that they were being arrested for the child's murder.

Speaking out about the arrest, Detective Acting Superintendent Watts said: "It will be alleged that 14 people in total allegedly made the choice to deny this young girl her right to medical care.

"The arrests are the result of a six-month investigation, in which all officers involved were dedicated to ensuring those alleged to be responsible for her death, are brought before the court."

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