A Pennsylvania couple faces up to seven years in prison for the tragic loss of their second child to the allure of a magical, wish-granting man in the sky.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible, already under probation for the death of their two year old son Kent because of their decision to leave his bacterial pneumonia untreated and pray instead, allowed their infant to perish at the hands of ignorance last week. The boy’s symptoms included congestion, coughing, and a loss of appetite. After Kent’s death, the couple was sentenced to ten years’ probation.
Undeterred and, thanks to pastor Nelson Clark, laboring under the delusion that their son died because of a lack of faith rather than a lack of medicine, the parents continued in their ways. “We believe in divine healing, that Jesus shed blood for our healing and that he died on the cross to break the devil’s power,”Herbert Schaible told police in 2013. “Medicine is against our religious beliefs.”
The Schaible’s religious beliefs ended the life of their eight-month-old son last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. The Schaible’s attorney Mythri Jayaraman, described the couple as good parents who are deeply distraught over the death of their child.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner told the couple on Monday that they had violated their parole because, as they told investigators, they once again put their faith ahead of their child’s needs–praying instead of seeking medical attention for Brandon.
The prosecution asked for 8-16 years for each parent when they plead “no contest” for Brandon’s death, but it seems that the murder of two children will only remove them from society for up to 7 years.
Both “parents” grew up in the First Century Gospel Church and have served as “teachers” there, spreading the church’s “If you drink our Kool-Aid, you don’t need medication” propaganda. The church’s web site has a sermon posted that quotes Bible verses that allegedly prohibit Christians from exercising rational thought with regard to medical treatment. “It is a definite sin to trust in medical help and pills; and it is real faith to trust on the Name of Jesus for healing,” says the May 2013 message.
Because of awful parents like the Schaibles, many states are looking into legislation aimed at protecting children from these people. The Schaibles’ remaining children are safely in foster care, where their parents can not hurt them anymore.