Since 1971, nearly two dozen Philadelphia children from faith-healing families have died of preventable illnesses, according to Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty Inc. (CHILD).
All of the children came from families that worshiped at either First Century Gospel Church or Faith Tabernacle Congregation, according to research by the nonprofit agency CHILD.
* The six children of Roger and Dawn Winterborne: Bruce Winterborne, 7 months, died in 1971 of bronchial pneumonia; Roger Bruce, 20 months, died in 1973 of bronchial pneumonia; Marjorie Dawn, 5 months, died in 1974 of bronchial pneumonia and dehydration; Larry, 6 months, died in 1978 of bilateral bronchial pneumonia with dehydration and malnutrition; Jocelyn, 4 months, died in 1980 of bronchial pneumonia. The family had moved to Norristown at the time of a sixth child's death in 1983 at the age of 4 days.
* Sharon and Jeffrey Still, premature twins, died Feb. 6 and 7, 1990, respectively following an unattended home delivery. Their sister Karyn, 9, died the next year in a measles outbreak that also killed five children, ranging from 19 months to 13 years old, from other faith-healing families.
* Kimberly Wilson, 18 months old, died March 12, 1992, of pneumonia and myocarditis.
* Dean Heilman, 22 months old, was a hemophiliac and bled to death on July 8, 1997. His parents were convicted of manslaughter and child endangerment.
* Lisa Carpenter, 15, died of meningitis in 1984. Her brother, Leroy, 17, died of a ruptured appendix in 1989.
* An unborn boy died Jan. 1, 1994, because his mother was hemorrhaging. She died during the delivery.
* Curtis Houston, 16, died of a leg infection in 1994, a few months after his mother and baby brother died. He had broken his leg a year earlier.
* Benjamin Reinert, 10, died Dec. 31, 2002, of untreated leukemia.
* Kent Schaible, 2, died Jan. 24, 2009, of bacterial pneumonia. His parents go on trial for involuntary manslaughter today.
* Amy Fox, 3, died March 11, 2009, of meningitis.
- Mensah M. Dean