Dig for stillborn bodies at controversial sect headquarters in NSW
By Freya Noble • Senior Producer
March 3, 2020
Police are digging for bodies at the headquarters of a controversial sect in New South Wales, where it is believed stillborn babies may be buried.
Investigators raided two properties linked to the Twelve Tribes cult yesterday, A Current Affair revealed last night.
Today, officers are at Peppercorn Creek Farm in Picton are searching for a potential grave site of stillborn babies.
former leader Chen Czarnecki called the group "highly controlling"
They are also searching a remote property in Bigga owned by the alleged cult.
"The planned police operation is continuing at Picton and Bigga today," a NSW Police spokeswoman told nine.com.au.
crime scene warrants
"Detectives from Blue Mountains Police Area Command are executing crime scene warrants at the property as part of ongoing inquiries under Strike Force Nanegai.
"No one has been arrested and no further information is available at this stage."
In an A Current Affair interview with one of the sect's former leaders, Chen Czarnecki (formerly Scott Czarnecki) called the group "highly controlling".
He also claimed Twelve Tribes severely disciplined children, something he agreed with until he had his own offspring.
discouraged from seeking outside medical help
Mr Czarnecki confirmed to A Current Affair that Twelve Tribes members were discouraged from seeking outside medical help, even in cases of serious illness.
"I know of a girl who almost died. And by the time they got her there (to hospital) and they got her blood transfusion, she was nearly gone," he said.
Chen Czarnecki was one of the leaders of the controversial Twelve Tribes cult in Australia. (A Current Affair)
"There were babies that were stillborn. There were babies that struggled to live, definitely, the whole gamut.
that's how we did it
"And some of those things probably would have been preventable.
"That reluctance is dangerous. It takes you too close to the line. But that's how we did it, we were all in."
NSW Police are expected to provide an update when their investigation has concluded.
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