A HUSBAND and wife who reject medicine on religious ground
s have been charged with murder after they allegedly let their baby daughter starve to death.
Here’s what we know about Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari and their warped beliefs.
Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari, both 27, are a married couple who lived with their three children on a cult-like farm in Solon Township, Michigan.
The fences are painted with religious slogans and quotations from the Bible.
One sign in large white letters reads: “Repent, Believe, Obey. My kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom comes, his will be done.”
Similar slogans are hand-painted on placards erected around the site.
One reads: “Every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess to God”.
Welch has posted video rants on Facebook discussing his obsessive religious faithand his lack of trust in doctors.
In one rant he described doctors as “priesthoods of the medical cult.”
In another, he says: “The righteous shall live by faith. It’s God who is sovereign over disease and those sorts of things and, of course, ultimately deaths.”
Welch has also quoted approvingly from a book by Donald Trump.
The couple claim they were previously visited by social workers after they refused to allow their children to be vaccinated.
Welch said in one video: “It didn’t seem smart that you would be saving people who weren’t the fittest.
“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?”
What are Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari accused of?
They have been charged with murder after the death of their malnourished ten-month-old Mary Anne.
Video of the moment they learned of the allegation shows Welch’s jaw drop open as Fusari bursts into tears.
Kent County Sheriff detectives claimed Welch and Fusari admitted in interviews they had noticed the baby’
s “skinny appearance and low weight” a month before her death.
A police affidavit alleges: “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”.
First responders found the baby girl with sunken eyes and cheeks after Welch called 911 on August 2.
He told emergency services that they had found the child dead in her crib.
A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration.
On the day of her death, Welch wrote on Facebook: “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 gr
andma 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’.”
They are also facing a neglect case in relation to their two older children, aged four, two.
They will next appear in court on August 20.