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2nd prayer death: Pennsylvania couple sentenced for death of 8-month-old son

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A 2nd prayer death occurred in the family of Herbert and Catherine Schaible. The Pennsylvania couple believes in faith-healing, and for the second time they have lost a child by not seeking medical assistance for their children when they have been sick, according to a USA Today report on Wednesday.

As Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner told the parents, it was not 8-month-old Brandon’s time to die. Specifically, the judge told the Schaibles that they have killed two of their children – not God, not their church, not religious devotion. He said, “You!”

The couple pleaded no contest to third-degree murder charges in their son Brandon’s death in 2013. He was sick with pneumonia when the parents refused to seek medical help for the baby boy.

This incident occurred after the parents allegedly expressed remorse and apologized for violating a court order to get medical assistance for their children – after a 2009 incident in which their 2-year-old son Kent, at the time, had died after having gone without medical assistance for pneumonia, also.

The father previously told police that medicine is against their religious beliefs and that they believe in divine healing. He said, “Jesus shed blood for our healing and that he died on the cross to break the devil’s power.”

Five years ago, the couple was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Kent. At that time they were placed on a 10-year probation with orders that they had to seek medical attention for any other child who got sick.

Nelson Clark, the couple’s pastor, says the Schaibles lost their songs because of a spiritual lack in their lives. He insists that the couple would not seek medical care even if another child appeared to be near death.

The couple has seven other children.



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