Invisible Children

Amanda Bates

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Amanda Bates, age 13, died from medical neglect. She had diabetic ketoacidosis, as well as an infection that had turned gangrenous in her genitals and buttocks. Amanda and her 12 siblings were homeschooled.

Her parents, Colleen and Randy Bates, did not graduate from high school. They belong to the General Assembly Church of the First Born and opposed all medical treatment. They were charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless manslaughter, reckless child abuse resulting in death, and criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death. In a plea deal, they were sentenced to serve 20 years of probation, complete 1,300 hours of community service each, and provide medical treatment for their remaining 12 children.

Date: February 5, 2001
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado

Documents: Date:
Prayed-over girl died of untreated diabetes 2001-02-08
Infection death ruled homicide 2001-12-13
Colo. Girl’s Diabetes Death Ruled Homicide 2001-12-13
Colo. Girl’s Death Called Homicide — Amanda Bates
Colorado Children’s Deaths Rekindle Debate on Religion 2001-02-21
Charges follow faith-healing death 2001-03-10
Parents sentenced for withholding care 2001-11-09
Are Religious Exemption Laws Killing Children? 2008-03-26
Healing or homicide? The use of prayer to treat sick children 2008-08-13