2nd Child Dies After Parents Pick Prayer Over Medicine
Herbert, Catherine Schaible lost first son in 2009
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
This undated photo combination provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Herbert and Catherine Schaible.   (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)

(Newser) – Herbert and Catherine Schaible failed to get medical attention for their 2-year-old son, Kent, in 2009, preferring instead to pray over him. He died of bacterial pneumonia, and they were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. But despite the fact that the Schaibles' probation required them to seek medical attention if their remaining children became sick, they chose to treat a second sick child with nothing but prayer as well. The 8-month-old died on Thursday, after experiencing diarrhea and having trouble breathing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A judge yesterday said the pair—who belong to a fundamentalist church in Philadelphia that believes in faith healing—"grossly and disastrously," not to mention "knowingly, intentionally, hypocritically, and callously" violated that probation. They have not been charged, as authorities are waiting on autopsy results, but they could face a prison sentence as long as 10 years. Their seven other kids were removed from the home; authorities learned of the death after the funeral home the couple contacted called the medical examiner.

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Jan 9, 2014 2:40 PM CST
They failed to believe that doctors are an answered prayer. We are blessed to have educated doctors who go out of their way to save lives. There is nothing wrong with prayer but there is everything wrong with ignorance. I feel so sorry for the two children who lost their lives because of their parents negligence but they deserved to lose their children, and quite frankly, they are much safer in the arms of our Lord and savior.
Apr 25, 2013 5:29 PM CDT
you would think that since god knows all, he would have figured that these are test cases and should make a showing if he is really listening to the prayers of his children. Science=2 religion=0
Apr 25, 2013 8:19 AM CDT
Maybe if we had universal health care like the rest of the first world, we wouldn't have so many of these cases of neglected illnesses. For every one of these headline-grabbing stories, there are thousands of untold stories about people who want health care but can't afford it -- people who sicken and die. Darwinian health care isn't the answer, and neither is its bastard child, Obamacare. What we need is universal health care, wherein we all contribute, and we all benefit. Its called "caring about everybody" -- a much maligned idea, but one its time to bring back into the human community.