Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Faith healing death: Couple’s 2nd sick baby dies after prayer vigil

Faith healing death: Couple’s 2nd sick baby dies after prayer vigil, A couple’s second child has died after his parents apparently used prayer instead of seeking medical attention for the ailing 7-month-old. The Pennsylvania couple were already on probation for the death of another child over faith healing, the Philadelphia Daily News reported April 23.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible were back in a Philadelphia courtroom on Monday for a hearing about the death of their son, Brandon, on April 18. In 2009, their 2-year-old son, Kent, died after the parents attempted to use prayer instead of seeking medical care for his pneumonia...REPORTED....examiner.

In Brandon’s death, the couple told the judge that they could hear their baby crying through the night and that he had been suffering from diarrhea. The Schaibles, who believe in faith healing, told the judge that they prayed over baby Brandon until he took his final breath and died. They then called a funeral home for their baby.

The funeral home contacted the medical examiner, who then contacted police.

Charges have not yet been filed against the Schaibles for the death of their baby.

But the judge at Monday’s hearing lambasted the couple, calling them “a danger to your children.”

The Schaibles have seven remaining children. Those children were removed from the Schaible home by the Department of Human Services after Brandon’s death.

The Schaibles belong to the First Century Gospel Church, a fundamentalist congregation in Juniata Park that believes in faith healing.

The Schaibles were convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in Kent's death. They were sentenced to 10 years of probation, which included strict requirements that they seek medical care for their remaining children.

The Schaibles could face five to 10 years in prison for probation violation over the death of Brandon.

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