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Church Stands Behind Convicted Couple

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) -- Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood is standing behind a couple convicted of beating their 8-year-old son to death. 

The church in suburban Nashville, where the couple are members, is soliciting donations for their appeals through a Web site --- www.thesmithsareinnocent.com

The investigation into the death of Josef Smith included a raid on the church because it supports corporal punishment. 

The suburban Atlanta couple was sentenced yesterday to life plus 30 years in prison in the beating death of their son. 

Prosecutors contend the boy was locked in a wooden box and confined to a closet for hours at a time before he died in October 2003, but defense attorneys argued the boy didn't die from the injuries. 

Authorities said the boy was chronically abused and died from a blow to the head. His parents faced charges that included murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and false imprisonment. 

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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