Sometimes having too much faith will put you and your family at risk:
Over three months in 2006, as her five children grew more emaciated and listless by the day, Estelle Walker made no move to find a job, no effort to scrounge up a meal, her kids told a jury yesterday.
“We were supposed to wait for God to provide,” said Walker’s oldest daughter, now 21. “And that’s what we did.”
At one point, the daughter said, she and her siblings went 11 days without food. When police were at last summoned to the Sussex County cabin by neighbors, investigators found the children so malnourished they had difficulty talking.
It seems that in 2005 Mrs. Walker had told her church that she and her kids needed to get away from her alcoholic husband so the church put her up in a cabin it normally uses for retreats. It’s not explicitly stated in the article, but there’s a suggestion that the church supported Walker and her kids during their stay in the cabin. The trouble started when the church decided it was time for them to move on:
Walker was due to leave the cabin in May 2006 but refused, saying God had told her to stay, church members have said. The church then cut off her support and began eviction proceedings.
It wasn’t long before the money was gone and along with it the food. Yet Mrs. Walker refused to find work or ask for assistance:
Under questioning by Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Frances Koch, they said Walker never tried to get any assistance for her family, either from her estranged husband or from other relatives. She likewise avoided seeking help from two churches near the Hopatcong cabin where they had been staying, the children said.
Though she had previously worked as a teacher, Walker made no effort to earn money, her children said.
“She never tried to get money or food or get a job,” the 16-year-old daughter said.
Now, several years later at the age of 50, Mrs. Walker is facing four counts of second-degree child endangerment which could land her in prison for 10 years for each count. None of this has shaken her faith in the least. In fact she has so much faith that she’s refusing to help in her own defense:
The invocation of God has been a theme throughout the trial’s first three days. Before the jury entered the courtroom yesterday, public defender Ronald Nicola told Judge N. Peter Conforti that Walker had been refusing to take an active role in her defense.
“She says, “God is my defense,’ Nicola told the judge.
Nicola asked that Walker be permitted to undergo psychiatric testing.
Asked by Conforti why she is not participating in her trial, Walker told him she saw no point in it.
“I don’t feel the need to continue to go over the documents that we’ve been going over for three years,” she said. “God will defend me.”
She’s already been found competent to stand trial so the request for psychiatric testing was denied. This woman’s faith almost killed her and her kids and now it’s going to put her behind bars.
The kids, by the way, have been living with their father since their mother was arrested and are reportedly doing well. Or at least as well as you can do when called upon to testify against your own mother for being a crazy bitch.