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Caldwell couple arrested for child abuse were part of a faith-healing church

Posted: 10:49 AM, Jul 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-19 16:49:31Z

Authorities say a Canyon County mother told deputies her religious beliefs prompted her to pray for her husband -- instead of telling police about his alleged sexual abuse of their daughters.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Sarah Kester and her husband, Lester Kester Jr., of Caldwell, are affiliated with the Followers of Christ Church -- which faces criticism for refusing medical care for children and adults in favor of faith healing.

Sarah was arrested July 11 and charged with one felony count of injury to a child on the suspicion that she did not report the abuse. Lester was charged with four felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of sixteen.

The Press-Tribune was unable to reach the Kesters' attorneys.

The newspaper reached out to three local Followers of Christ members, but only one responded -- declining to speak on the record.

(by Associated Press)