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Ex-members say church uses power, lies to keep grip on kids

Shana Muse looks at a framed picture of her youngest son as she talks about the custody battle for her children against Word of Faith Fellowship church leaders, during an interview in Charlotte, N.C. Muse was persuaded to join Word of Faith Fellowship by her two sisters, who said their church could help her: She had a drug problem and was facing legal problems in Florida for writing bad checks. After moving to Spindale, N.C., she said she reached a breaking point when she saw her children and others being screamed at and beaten in the name of God. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Shana Muse looks at a framed picture of her youngest son as she talks about the custody battle for her children against Word of Faith Fellowship church leaders, during an interview in Charlotte, N.C. Muse was persuaded to join Word of Faith Fellowship by her two sisters, who said their church could help her: She had a drug problem and was facing legal problems in Florida for writing bad checks. After moving to Spindale, N.C., she said she reached a breaking point when she saw her children and others being screamed at and beaten in the name of God. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)