Elizabeth Struhs death: Harrowing final days of Toowoomba girl after she was refused lifesaving medication by her parents and The Saints cult members

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An eight-year-old girl suffered ‘for days’ after members of a faith-healing religious group – including her parents – allegedly withheld her lifesaving insulin medication.

Fourteen members of the religious group, known as The Saints, are on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court over the death of Toowoomba girl Elizabeth Struhs back in 2022.

The entire group entered no pleas to varying charges of murder and manslaughter at the start of the trial on Wednesday afternoon.

Those charged over her death include her parents, Jason Richard Struhs, 52 and Kerrie Elizabeth Struhs, 49 along with her older brother Zachary Alan Struhs, 21.

Elizabeth, a Type 1 diabetic, was found dead at her family’s Rangeville home, on January 7, 2022.

The Crown alleges members of the closely-knit religious circle withheld the girl’s life-saving insulin medication for several days before she died.

Its members have professed to believe in the healing power of God and shun medical intervention.

It is further alleged the group prayed for Elizabeth to be ‘healed’ by God instead of seeking medical attention.

Elizabeth’s parents Jason Richard Struhs (left) and Kerrie Elizabeth Struhs are among the 14 members of a religious circle charged over the girl’s death. Picture: Supplied

Brendan Luke Stevens – the 67-year-old leader of The Saints – and Jason Struhs are both charged with her murder.

Twelve others, including Kerrie and Zachary Struhs, are facing charges of manslaughter only.

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