A Michigan couple was charged with murder and child abuse after they starved their child and didn’t seek medical attention for religious reasons, WOOD-TV reports.
Seth Welch and Tatiani Fusari, 27, were charged with the murder of their 10-month-old daughter Mary Anne Welch.
According to an autopsy, the child died of malnutrition and dehydration.
“During interviews with both parents, admissions were made that they were aware of Mary Welch’s skinny appearance and low weight for at least one month prior to this date,” police said in a detective’s report.
“Tatiana Fusari admitted during the interview that they failed to reach out for medical help with their daughter for fear of having her children removed by Child Protective Services, lack of faith and trust in the medical services and religious reasons,” the document said.
Police say the father only called 911 after finding his daughter dead in her crib.
At the home, Seth Welch displayed his faith on handpainted signs nailed to trees and on the fence out front. “Repent. Believe. Obey,” one message painted in white reads.
CPS, their distrust of doctors and their religious beliefs have been topics of some of Seth Welch’s rambling videos on Facebook.
On doctors: “They’re priesthoods of the medical cult,” he said.
On vaccines: “The righteous shall live by faith. It’s God who is sovereign over disease and those sorts of things and, of course, ultimately deaths.”
He says someone called CPS about him when he at first refused to get his oldest daughter vaccinated, and that he didn’t get his other two kids, including Mary, vaccinated.
“It didn’t seem smart that you would be saving people who weren’t the fittest,” he said in one video. “If evolution believes in survival of the fittest, why are we vaccinating everybody? Shouldn’t we just let the weak die off and let the strong survive?”
He also spoke against wordly things.
“I would love to see a commune of Christian disciples living off the grid somewhere, and just living free,” he said.
On Monday, CPS also filed a neglect case against the parents involving their other two children, aged 4 and 2.
Welch recently wrote on Facebook that his wife is pregnant with their fourth child.