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Rebecca Kandare's parents jailed for manslaughter of 'emaciated' baby
The Kandares became members of the Apostolic Church of God, based in a house in Nine Elms Lane, Wolverhampton, in 2010, a year after they met at a different church in the West Midlands.
Their church - a form of Pentecostal Protestant Christianity - adheres to a strict interpretation of certain rules, including not allowing modern medicine, instead entrusting followers' well-being to God.
The court heard the church had a congregation of around 20, with prayers taking place in a converted garage.
Prosecuting, Jonas Hankin QC said both male and female members were required to shave their heads, and to attend wearing white clothing. Women also had to cover their heads with white headscarves.
He added: 'The apostolic group has a strict religious and moral code and its churches tend to emphasise strong adherence to religious teachings, church doctrine and regulations.