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October 23, 1988 | United Press International
A grand jury has indicted four members of the Los Angeles-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. on manslaughter charges in the beating death of the 8-year-old daughter of the group's founder. The indictment returned Friday in Clackamas County named Willie K. Chambers, 35; Brian James Brinson, 30; Constance Zipporah Jackson, 37, and Frederick Paul Doolittle, 28, in the death of Dayna Lorae Broussard, daughter of Eldridge Broussard Jr.
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October 21, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
The founder of the Watts-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. took his case to the public on a television talk show Thursday, maintaining that cultural differences are to blame for the allegations of child abuse against his group, which he said "spanked" children but never whipped or beat them. Eldridge Broussard Jr.
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October 20, 1988 | ETHAN RARICK, United Press International
Children under the care of the Watts-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. watched the fatal beating of the 8-year-old daughter of the group's founder, authorities said Wednesday. "They watched the beating, after which she died," Clackamas County Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Dennis Miller said, referring to the death of Dayna Broussard, the daughter of Ecclesia founder Eldridge Broussard Jr.
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October 19, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
When the Ecclesia Athletic Assn. moved into the farmhouse down the road from Linda Zade, she did not like what she saw: Children, some of them toddlers, jogging in the rain or doing jumping jacks in the hot sun or being loaded into a pickup truck to go to work in nearby berry fields. It was June, 1987, and Zade, along with other neighbors, complained about the treatment of the children to Clackamas County authorities, who were already well aware of the controversial Watts-based group.
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October 18, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
Children under the care of the Watts-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. were subjected to systematic beatings with paddles and electrical cords--up to 800 strokes at a time--while their peers were forced to watch and keep count, authorities here charged Monday.
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October 17, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
Authorities Sunday arrested a fourth member of the Watts-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. on suspicion of murdering the young daughter of the organization's leader, and also took custody of an additional six children connected with the group. The action brings to 59 the number of Los Angeles children--age 1 1/2 months to 16 years--that the Oregon Children's Services Division has taken into protective custody as part of its child abuse investigation of the group.
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October 16, 1988 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
A Watts-based group that set up camp in rural Oregon--ostensibly to help inner-city youths through what it called "toughness training"--became the target of a criminal investigation this weekend when authorities arrested six of its members in the fatal beating of their leader's daughter and took custody of 53 children under the group's care. The children, aged 3 months to 16 years, are all from the Los Angeles area and were found living in a four-bedroom farmhouse in Sandy, Ore.
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August 2, 1987 | From Associated Press
Eldridge Broussard Jr. vowed Saturday to fight "sensationalized and stupid" news reporting that he says implies that his Ecclesia athletic organization is a cult. Broussard, a former Oregon college basketball star, said programs in the Watts Christian Center in Los Angeles and the Ecclesia camp at Sandy, Ore., have been "sabotaged" by media accounts.
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July 25, 1987 | From Associated Press
The leader of the controversial sports and religious group called Ecclesia told mourners at the funeral of one of its members Friday that he was suspending the organization's activities for the time being. Standing in a pulpit before a flower-covered, pink casket containing the body of 30-year-old Faith Viola Hendrick, the Rev. Eldridge Broussard Jr. addressed her family and about 100 others at Pilgrim Congregational Church.
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July 24, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A 30-year-old Los Angeles member of the Ecclesia Athletic Assn., a controversial sports and religious group based in Los Angeles' Watts area, collapsed and died Sunday at the organization's rural training camp near Mt. Hood. The death of Faith Hendrick was made public Wednesday by a spokesman for Ecclesia, who said the woman was epileptic but otherwise in good health and had apparently suffered a blood clot in one lung.
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