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UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Idaho woman knew of child sex abuse, police say. Could faith healing exemption free her?

Linda Martin isn’t surprised her second cousin, Lester Kester, is accused of sexually abusing four children or that his wife, Sarah Kester, is also accused of knowing about the abuse …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Caldwell couple arrested in child abuse case part of faith-healing church

A Caldwell mother arrested last week told deputies her religious beliefs prompted her to pray for her husband rather than tell police about his alleged sexual abuse of their daughters.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Protesters calling for repeal of Idaho’s faith-healing exemption deliver 183 child-sized coffins to Capitol steps

Protesters marched to the Idaho state Capitol on Monday with 183 child-sized, symbolic coffins, which they stacked on the Statehouse steps as they called for Idaho lawmakers to repeal the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

Faith-healing parents charged in Oregon baby’s death

Two members of an Oregon church that embraces faith healing have been arrested in the death of their premature baby.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills bill to repeal exemption on faith-healing parents who decline treatment of their children

BOISE – After two hours of passionate debate Tuesday, the Idaho Senate rejected a proposal allowing faith-healing parents to be civilly liable when their children die or suffer permanent injury …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Idaho faith-healing bill roundly criticized, but squeaks out of Senate committee

Controversial faith-healing legislation narrowly cleared an Idaho Senate committee on Monday, after a hearing in which nearly everyone who spoke opposed it.


Faith-healing bill advances to Idaho Senate

Legislation that would tweak Idaho’s laws allowing families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with neglect or abuse is headed to the Idaho Senate.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

In sect that shuns medicine, case against pastor is novel

A pastor in a fundamentalist Christian sect that rejects doctors and drugs has been charged in the death of a child – his own granddaughter – from medical neglect. The …


Baby from Oregon faith-healing church dies after delivery

Authorities are investigating the death of a baby girl born to two members of an Oregon church that embraces faith healing.


Eye on Boise: North Idaho lawmaker favors funding roads over mental health care

Funding for a justice reinvestment program to provide mental health treatment to newly released criminals was cut in half in the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday, and one …


Idaho leaders continue to review faith-healing laws

Legislative leaders are currently considering several options to change Idaho’s faith-healing laws, but details about what’s being discussed are being kept under wraps.


Eye on Boise: Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane won’t seek re-election

Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane has announced that he won’t seek re-election in 2018 to a sixth term, and will retire instead.


Dozens offer emotional testimony for and against Idaho’s faith-healing laws

Idaho lawmakers on a special panel looking into issues surrounding the state’s faith-healing laws took more than two hours of emotional testimony on both sides of the issue Monday, but …


Lawmakers scrutinize Idaho’s religious exemption that protects rights of religious sect amid high child death rates

Idaho’s religious exemption from charges of child abuse, neglect, child injury and manslaughter, passed in the 1970s to accommodate faith-healing groups, came under close scrutiny at a legislative hearing Thursday.


100 years ago in Spokane: Faith-healing hospital ordered to close for violating fire code

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. John G. Lake’s private faith-healing hospital was ordered to be closed or moved to another location.


Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption

Gov. Butch Otter says he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons.