Diabetic, they denied her insulin for a week . So Elizabeth Struhs died at the age of just 8, in her home south of Brisbane, Australia, on January 7th.
Today twelve members of a religious sect - between 19 and 64 years of age - were arrested for the tragedy. Immediately after the events were ended up in handcuffs were the parents with accusations of murder, torture and failure to provide basic necessities.
Jason and Kerrie Struhs, Elizabeth's father and mother, are in fact part of a small and very close-knit religious sect in the city of Toowoomba, not associated with any traditional church.
The group was aware of the girl's deteriorating condition, but did not seek help. When she became seriously ill they only prayed for her salvation , and the authorities were contacted only a day after Elizabeth's death.
"In my 40 years as a police officer, I have never faced an issue like this," said Detective Superintendent Garry Watts.
Elizabeth's older sister Jayde wrote a post on social media, accusing her parents of being part of a cult " driven by fear and control mania ." "The people who were supposed to protect her didn't do it," he added.
(Unioneonline / L)