Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard their parents Bruce T. Leonard and Deborah R. Leonard. Plus Four church members. At Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford, New York. Located about 250 miles north of New York City. Both parents each face one count of first-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony and four other church members were charged with second-degree assault, also a felony. Lucas was injured during an assault and was pronounced dead and Christopher was hospitalized in serious condition after suffering blunt force trauma injuries. The assaults occurred after a Sunday night service at the church. On Monday(afternoon) Lucas and Christopher were taken to the hospital.
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The Leonard's were each ordered $100,000 for bail and bail for the other four church members was $50,000 each. The congregation held what Inserra called a "counseling session" for the two brothers. "Both brothers were continually subjected to physical punishment over the course of several hours in the hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness,". Lucas Leonard was taken to the hospital after church members found he wasn't breathing. Authorities found several children in the church and called in child protective services.
To hear that the parents actually let all that happen and lose a son is not morally right, I think the punishment was a little bit inconsiderate. Well, they wanted to punish him so he can confess yet they are now begin punished for not thinking straight and the fact that they went to much to allow themselves to lose a son Lucas only 19. I think the U.S should put them in prison because what they did is unforgivable in my opinion.
Ray Sanchez and Steve Almasy, CNN. 'New Hartford World Of Life Church Members Arrested After Teen Dies - CNN.Com'. CNN. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.