WP 10/16 AROUND THE NATION; 3 Charged in Fatal Beating Of
AROUND THE NATION; 3 Charged in Fatal Beating Of Group
PORTLAND, Ore. - Three people have been charged with murder in
the death of the 8-year-old daughter of the founder of a
controversial youth group. Authorities said the girl, Dayna
Lorea Broussard, was beaten to death.
Meanwhile, her grandfather, Eldridge J. Broussard Sr., who
described himself as a bishop of the youth group, the Ecclesia
Athletic Association, said it was in "God's plan" that she should
The Los Angeles-based group, which represents itself as an
athletic training center for underprivileged children but whose
critics have called a church, was founded by Eldridge J.Broussard
Jr., a former college basketball star at Pacific University in
Forest Grove, Ore. He has denied the group is a cult.
Constance Zipporah Jackson, 37, and Fredrick Paul Doolittle,
28, both of Los Angeles, and Willie K. Chambers, 35, of San
Diego, were charged with murder after Chambers and three other
Ecclesia staff members took the girl's body to a fire station
Friday and an autopsy showed she had been beaten to death.
Friday night, Clackamas County authorities took 53 children
into protective custody from a farm used by Ecclesia.
The elder Broussard, who said his son left Los Angeles for
Oregon after learning of Dayna Broussard's death, said she was
among Ecclesia children in Oregon for a vacation. But he also
said they were being trained for work and sports. He said he did
not know whether children at the farm were beaten for