2nd Child Dies After Parents Pick Prayer Over Medicine
HERBERT, CATHERINE SCHAIBLE LOST FIRST SON IN 2009
NEWSER) – Herbert and Catherine Schaible failed to get medical attention for their 2-year-old son, Kent, in 2009, preferring instead to pray over him. He died of bacterial pneumonia, and they were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. But despite the fact that the Schaibles’ probation required them to seek medical attention if their remaining children became sick, they chose to treat a second sick child with nothing but prayer as well. The 8-month-old died on Thursday, after experiencing diarrhea and having trouble breathing, thePhiladelphia Inquirer reports.
A judge yesterday said the pair—who belong to a fundamentalist church in Philadelphia that believes in faith healing—”grossly and disastrously,” not to mention “knowingly, intentionally, hypocritically, and callously” violated that probation. They have not been charged, as authorities are waiting on autopsy results, but they could face a prison sentence as long as 10 years. Their seven other kids were removed from the home; authorities learned of the death after the funeral home the couple contacted called the medical examiner.
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