Saturday, August 29, 2009

Nothing Fails Like Prayer

I will be happy when these parents go to prison for a good long time....although apparently some parents are allowed to murder their children in this fashion under Washington law....

CARLTON — Zachery Swezey lay in his parents' bed, his breathing labored.
When he fell ill March 15, the 17-year-old Carlton boy's parents, Greg and JaLea Swezey, thought he had food poisoning. But over the next three days, they realized it was something else, perhaps the flu. He'd had a fever, and was vomiting with severe diarrhea.
During those three days, aunts, uncles and grandparents came to his bedside to pray. On March 17, his father did not call a doctor or an ambulance. Instead, he called elders from their church. They came to the house and anointed Zakk with olive oil, and prayed for him as Zakk's family waited outside in the hall. Members of the Church of the First Born, the Swezeys believe in faith healing.
At midday on March 18, Zakk told his mother he loved her, and asked for his father to come to his bedside.
Shortly before 1 p.m, his breathing slowed. His hands got cold and turned a bluish color. With both of his parents at his bedside, Zakk Swezey died.
An autopsy later revealed the Pateros High School student died of a ruptured appendix.


At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to state that the "General Assembly and Church of the First Born" is in no way affiliated with "Christian Science" (LOL, oxymoron?) and so is exempt to the Washington State law that you have quoted. These people are prosecutable, and they can and should be prosecuted. I have made every effort to bring this story to the forefront in the last few months and it was due to a very few of us speaking loud and clear that the Wenatchee World went to court in order to obtain these records. We can make a difference.

If interested, please join our discussion @

It would be even more of a shame if Zakk died without anyone loudly advocating for him.



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