Fundamentalist faith-healing parents lose second child

Often society fails the innocent. Was no one following up on the court order? Or was this just an unfortunate coincidence?

Second Child Death for Convicted Faith-Healing Couple.

A couple that was sentenced to probation after their 2-year-old died in 2009 from pneumonia have had another child die.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible, fundamentalist Christians who believe in the power of prayer ahead of modern medicine, recently had their 8-month-old son die, according to Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Jillian Russell.

In 2010, a jury convicted the Schaibles, who have seven other children, of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of their 2-year-old son Kent. The Schaibles were each sentenced to 10 years of probation — they could have faced prison time.

As part of their sentence, the Schaibles were required to arrange medical examinations for each of their children, to immediately consult with a doctor when a child became sick and to follow the doctor’s treatment recommendations.

Prosecutors said the Kent could have been saved with basic medical care — probably even over-the-counter medication — but the couple relied on prayer instead.

The official cause of death of their 8 month old child is pending an autopsy. But it’s extremely concerning.

Video news report from NBC Philadelphia

More (23-Apr-2013):

2nd Child of Pa. Couple Dies After Only Praying – ABC News.

Authorities have yet to file criminal charges in the death of the 8-month-old boy last week, after he suffered with diarrhea and breathing problems for days. But charges could be filed once authorities pinpoint how the baby died.

UPDATE (7-May-2013) Schaible children get court-ordered medical care.

  8 comments for “Fundamentalist faith-healing parents lose second child

  1. Stuart Robbins
    April 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I hope they go away for a long, long time.

  2. Chris Howard
    April 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    When I worked with children who had been abused the parents all had “good” reasons as to why they “needed” to “correct” their children.

    The overwhelming majority of abusive parents believe that what they’re doing is “the right thing.” and its society that is wrong.

    Throw freedom of religion into the mix, and for some reason society absolves abusive parents of their responsibilities.

    This is especially odd since society will gleefully vilify, and demonize a parent for perpetrating the exact crime in a secular context.

  3. RDW
    April 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    A lot of times it seems like the people least able to do a good job at parenting are the ones cranking out the most children, and a lot of very clever and responsible people have few children, or none at all.

  4. April 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I’ve archived a few dozen similar news reports of medical neglect of children by religious parents. They are true horror stories. See the links list at the end of this article:

    “Oregon parents guilty of criminal mistreatment of baby daughter for relying on faith healing instead of real medical care”
    http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.ca/2011/06/oregon-parents-guilty-of-criminal.html

    That article includes a photo of an infant with an “…abnormal growth of blood vessels, known as a hemangioma, that slowly engulfed her left eye and produced a goopy discharge. Despite the growth and accompanying loss of vision, the Wylands did not consult a doctor.”

  5. One Eyed Jack
    April 22, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Kill a child and get probation? If these were parents that simply neglected their child and didn’t claim it was due to religious belief, they would have gone to prison the first time. Religion gets another pass.

  6. April 22, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    This is a sad story. Religion and praying will have arrived on Earth many tens of thousands of years ago, when ‘consciousness’ evolved in the human brain. An understanding of logic may diminish its effects over time but, I guess, this will be a very long time!

  7. Fatima C
    April 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Um, I hope this time they are kept away from the rest of the kids. How many have to die for them to be deemed unfit parents?

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