This plea will avoid a trial. There was no trial necessary. They did not give their child medical care that he needed. No excuses.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible – the Philadelphia couple who have watched two children die because of their belief in prayer over medicine – pleaded no-contest Thursday to third-degree murder in the April death of their 8-month-old son.
The decision came seven months after their son, Brandon, developed bacterial pneumonia and died, untreated, at their Rhawnhurst home on April 18.
The Schaibles were on 10 years probation on their conviction for involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of another son, Kent, 2. Part of that probation included mandatory medical care for their seven surviving children, the oldest of whom is about 17.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner set sentencing for Feb. 19 and the Schaibles could face significant prison terms.
They need to be talked about, they need to be made examples. Faith in lieu of medical care is NOT acceptable in today’s society. Your religious beliefs do not outweigh the rights of the child to proper care.
The Schaibles are members of the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia.