Faith-Healing Couple Charged in Baby's Death
Pennsylvania couple accused of murder after second child dies
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
Herbert and Catherine Schaible in their police mugshots.   (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)

(Newser) – This time, a Pennsylvania couple that embraces faith healing over medicine is facing murder charges and jail time after one of their children died. Herbert and Catherine Schaible are being held without bail on third-degree murder charges filed this week in the death of their 8-month-old son to pneumonia, reports AP. When a 2-year-old son died in 2009 under similar circumstances, the couple was convicted of involuntary manslaughter but served only probation after promising to give their kids standard medical care.

"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 detectives in April, explaining that medicine "is against our religious beliefs." The fundamentalist Christians belong to the small First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia. They each face seven to 14 years in prison if convicted, and their other seven children have been placed in foster care.

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copapa
May 28, 2013 12:28 AM CDT
While in prison maybe they will read the Bible. With luck they will find. Jeremiah 9 .22 ( is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered) God gave us physician's for a reason.
fedupamerican
May 27, 2013 4:41 AM CDT
Glad to see Oklahoma is not the only irresponsible state with childrens lives. One death was not enough, the authorities allowed them to come back for seconds. The person(s) responsible for their return of their children after the first murder, should be prosecuted, along with these 2 morons.
JRotten
May 26, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
There are two America's. There's the one where religion is okay and there is the one where killing babies is okay. Those Americas cross paths in this story. It's crazy to see how the killing babies folks are upset with religious folks killing their baby. Hypocrites.