Sunday, May 11, 2008

Today's Sermon: When Incense Is The Perfect Mother's Day Gift...

How do you celebrate Mother's Day after Mom is arrested for her seriously weird religious belief in resurrection?

Two charged after deputy finds dead woman

Two people have been arrested after a Juneau County sheriff's deputy found one of them and her two children living in a home with the body of a 90-year-old woman decomposing on the bathroom toilet.

Tammy D. Lewis, 35, and Alan A. Bushey, 57, both of Necedah, are each charged with two felony counts of causing mental harm to a child, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. Lewis also faces one count of obstructing police.


According to the criminal complaint:

The sheriff's office was asked on Wednesday to check on Middlesworth's welfare by the woman's sister, Bernice Metz, because Metz had not heard from her in "some time."

When a deputy arrived at the home, Lewis initially claimed Middlesworth was on vacation, but after her body was discovered told the deputy that she had been dead for about two months.

Lewis said she had been helping Middlesworth put on an undergarment when she passed out in her arms and she had left her propped on the toilet after Bushey, whom she referred to as her "superior," said to leave her on the toilet and pray.

Lewis told the deputy that "God told her Alvina would come back to life if she prayed hard enough." Bushey told the deputy that "Lewis was obedient and served the Lord just as she should."

The 12-year-old boy later told investigators that after Middlesworth died, Bushey told him her appearance "was the result of demons attempting to make it appear that Alvina would not come back to life." The boy also reportedly said that Bushey told him that if Middlesworth's death was discovered, he and his sister would have to go to public school and get jobs because the woman, whom the boy referred to as his "grandmother," was paying the bills.

The girl made similar statements to investigators, the complaint says.

Both children are in protective custody, Oleson said, and physically healthy. In court appearance Friday, Lewis and Bushey were ordered to have no contact with the children or each other and their bonds were set at $50,000 each.

The complaint states that incense was used to cut down on the stench in the home and that Lewis said she and her children were using a bucket in a closet as a bathroom.

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today and celebrate your mother's (or surrogate mother's) life with an appropriate gift. Even if she has some weird religious beliefs... or no religious beliefs at all. She's still your mother. No matter what.

Think about the good things she's done for you.

I mean it, damn it!

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking to comment, truly bizarre, however, it happens more frequently than one would expect.
I'm not religious, and I won't get into that end of the business, however, I will offer one comment.
How many grannies have atheists killed?
Every wretched killer, whether by direct or indirect intervention (who knows, had they called Emergency if she would still be alive) always seems to invoke their religion to expiate their actions.
This story makes me ill, particularly as my sister slept in the hospital room with my aunt while she refused food and starved to death last year (I spelled my sister). My sister ensured that my aunt had the best care that was possible, but even so, it was a wrenching experience. Watching someone die, even though they want to die, is hellish, even for an atheist heretic like me.
How could these people claim that they are pious, when they left that poor lady to expire on a toilet, for goodness sake.

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