12 Cult Members Arrested After Girl, 8, Is Left To Die As They Said "God Would Heal Her"

Twelve members of a religious cult in Queensland, Australia, have been arrested and charged with murder after a seriously ill 8-year-old girl was allegedly denied medical treatment.


Kerrie StruThe girls parents Jason Struhs and Kerrie Struhs were charged with murder and torture earlier in the yearhs and Jason Struhs
The girl's parents, Jason Struhs and Kerrie Struhs were charged with murder and torture earlier in the year

Police have said that 8-year-old Elizabeth Rose Struhs, a type-1 diabetic was allegedly denied insulin access for six days by a religious cult group known as "The Saints" in Toowoomba, the members were all aware of the child's illness.


Authorities said that the members of the group, which included the parents of the child, believed that she would be "healed by God".



Superintendent Garry Watts said that Elizabeth died on January 7, but emergency services were not informed until 5.30 pm the following day. On Tuesday morning, 30 police officers arrested the 12 people, whose ages ranged from 19 to 64.


Elizabeth's parents, Kerrie Struhs and Jason Struhs were charged with murder and torture offences earlier this year. They were also charged with failing to provide the necessities of life and will remain in custody until their next hearing later this month.


Elizabeth Rose Struhs, a type-1 diabetic was allegedly denied insulin access for six days
Elizabeth Rose Struhs, a type-1 diabetic was allegedly denied insulin access for six days

In Tuesday's arrests were other members of "The Saints" religious group, who were allegedly present when Elizabeth died, reportedly singing and praying to God to heal her.

Police said in a statement: "All of the 12 arrested were aware of the child's condition, were there at the address, and did not take any steps to provide medical assistance to the child." Jayde Struhs, Elizabeth's eldest sister, who ran away from home to escape from her parents, said that her extended family had been left "completely shattered and heartbroken" by the death of the 8-year-old.



She added: "We have faced the brutal reality that the people who should have protected her did not, and we may never know the full extent of what took place."


Superintendent Watts added: "It's not the kind of situation we as investigators are faced with commonly.


"In my nearly 40 years of policing, I haven't been faced with a matter like this."


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