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Parents beat their son to death at church for refusing to confess his sins

By Mason White 5:59 PM October 15, 2015
Bruce Leonard and Deborah Leonard 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested on a charge of manslaughter after allegedly beating their child for refusing to confess his sins at church, police in New York said.

New Hartford police said that they have arrested 65-year-old Bruce Leonard and 59-year-old Deborah Leonard, after being accused of beating Lucas and Christopher Leonard at the Word of Life Church on Monday.

As a result of the beating, 19-year-old Lucas Leonard died and 17-year-old Christopher Leonard is at the hospital in serious condition.

Four members of the church were also arrested for taking part in the beating.

26-year-old Joseph Irwin, 26-year-old David Morey, 54-year-old Linda Morey, and 33-year-old Sarah Ferguson were booked into the Oneida County Jail, and bail was set at $50,000 each.

According to the police investigation, Lucas and Christopher Leonard were subjected to hours of physical punishment at the Word of Life Church in hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness.