Parents withdrew life-saving medicine from girl to be ‘healed by God’: police

And police are investigating the role played by more than 10 other adults who allegedly knew about his declining health but did not attempt to get his medical help or alert the authorities. Elizabeth, who had type 1 diabetes, died on Friday but an ambulance was not called to her home in Toowoomba until Saturday. Her parents Kerrie Elizabeth Struhs and Jason Richard Struhs have been charged with murder. The parents are accused of withholding life-saving medicine needed to treat her diabetes and it is alleged that instead of calling paramedics they gathered members of their church to pray over the little girl’s body. It is understood two other church families were aware of the decision to allow Elizabeth to be healed by God, with the small religious group believing the baby girl would ‘be resurrected’. It is understood that church members told police they did not believe in medicine or medical care. It can be revealed that the girl had been resuscitated two years earlier in a separate incident in which she was hospitalized. Elizabeth is remembered as a smart, cheeky kid who loved playing music for her classmates and wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. One of Gabbinbar Public School student Rachel La Franchi’s teachers took to social media to honor Elizabeth. “Her name was Elizabeth Rose, but she preferred to be called Rose and always smiled at me when I remembered her,” she said. “She would give me a look of feigned indignation when I called her Lizzie, which I often did, but she knew it was my nickname for her, so she allowed it. “Lizzie Rose was an amazing child.” Elizabeth was known to love music and often played her favorite classical pieces during class. “She sang out loud, played the keyboard and read chapter books and poetry to the class,” Ms. La Franchi said. “She was shy but she knew the kids loved seeing her having to do things to make them happy. “She was loved and knew love – she was the light itself. Rest now beautiful girl until we meet again. Elizabeth’s tragic death caused an outpouring of grief from the community, and many who knew Elizabeth contacted the office of Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki to express their sadness. “People close to Elizabeth talk about a beautiful, smart, cheeky little girl,” he said. “She loved to tell jokes and had a terrific sense of humor. “She loved coloring and solving puzzles. People who knew Elizabeth told Mr. Janetzki that she drew strength from her illness. to be a doctor when she was growing up because she wanted to help other children with type 1 diabetes,” he said. “Elizabeth was mature well beyond her eight years and took her chronic condition into her stride.” Mr. Janetzki echoed that Elizabeth was adored by her friends and teachers. “Elizabeth’s death will forever leave a hole in the hearts of our community,” he said. “She was robbed of the chance to grow up (by her death) and deserved so much more.” A spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service said the family was known to police and the Department of Security. childhood. Elizabeth’s sudden death has raised questions about when social workers were last saw the girl alive. “What steps has child safety taken to protect Elizabeth? asked Mr. Janetzki. Child and Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard said she could not comment directly on the case as it was before the courts. “The horrific events in Toowoomba are heartbreaking,” she said. “I know everyone in Queensland joins me in sending their deepest condolences to those affected by this heartbreaking loss.” On Tuesday, the girl’s parents were charged with murder, torture and failing to provide the necessities of life. They have been taken into custody and have not yet pleaded guilty. Download the Mail Mail app

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