A man and woman in Michigan are in jail after their nearly 10-month-old daughter was found dead in her crib due to malnutrition and dehydration.
According to The Washington Post, Seth Welch and his wife Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse.
> In video sermons, the man railed against vaccines, “bad medicine” and doctors whom he deemed to be “priesthoods of the medical cult.”
> And he explained why he refused to vaccinate his children, saying: “It didn’t seem smart to me that you would be saving people who weren’t the fittest. If evolution believes in survival of the fittest, well then why are we vaccinating everybody? Shouldn’t we just let the weak die off and let the strong survive?”
> On a Facebook page matching his name and likeness, Seth Welch of Michigan spoke of his religious beliefs, which he shared with his wife, Tatiana Fusari. Those beliefs may have contributed to their own child’s death, according to court records.
The parents told authorities they had known for several weeks that their daughter was too thin, but Fusari said they didn’t pursue medical attention for their child “for fear of having her children removed by Child Protective Services, lack of faith and trust in the medical services and religious reasons,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the station.
> Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office responded Thursday to the family’s home outside Grand Rapids, Mich., after the father called 911 to report that his child was not breathing, according to a media release.
> A deputy noted that the infant’s “eyes and cheeks were sunken into her head,” that she was not breathing and that she was “cold to the touch,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit. She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
> The medical examiner ruled the infant’s death a homicide, according to the court documents, and Welch and Fusari were arrested and charged in connection with her death.
In a post on what is believed to be Welch's Facebook page, Welch mentioned the ordeal:
> "Heart is about shattered right now.
> Woke up to Mary dead in her bed this morning - this evening had our children removed and placed on "no contact" because Tati and I are the worst parents ever - Thankfully they are with grandma and grandpa
> Just numb inside right now. And I'm really enjoying the loving embrace of an isolation cell from the cops and government employees who keep assuring me "they are only here to help"."
Both parents are being held without bond and due back in court on August 20.