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Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Slyr0x: 1:14pm On Apr 24, 2013
A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a decision on charges will be made after they get the results of an autopsy.

Catherine Schaible’s attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, cautioned against a rush to judgment, and said the couple are good parents deeply distraught over the loss of another child.

“There are way more questions than answers at this point. We haven’t seen the autopsy report. We don’t know the cause of death of this child,” Jayaraman told The Associated Press. “What we do know is Mr. and Mrs. Schaible are distraught, they are grieving, they are tremendously sad about the loss of their most recent baby.”

A man who answered the phone at a listing for Herbert Schaible declined to comment and hung up.

A jury convicted the Schaibles of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. The boy’s symptoms had included coughing, congestion, crankiness and a loss of appetite. His parents said he was eating and drinking until the last day, and they had thought he was getting better.

The Schaibles were sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

At a hearing Monday, a judge told the couple they had violated the terms of their probation, noting the Schaibles had told investigators that they prayed to God to make Brandon well instead of seeking medical attention.

“You did that once, and the consequences were tragic,” Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Prosecutors on Monday sought to have the couple jailed, but Lerner permitted them to remain free because their seven other children had been placed in foster care.

“He feels they are a danger to their children – not to the community, but to their own children,” Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, who prosecuted the couple in 2010, said Tuesday.

Herbert Schaible, 44, and his 43-year-old wife grew up in the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia and have served as teachers there. The church’s website has a sermon titled “Healing – From God or Medicine?” that quotes Bible verses purportedly forbidding Christians from visiting doctors or taking medicine.

“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 message, from last May.

A phone message left with the church on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

The church’s pastor said in 2010 that the couple had never received medical care themselves beyond the help of a lay midwife who attends home births.

The Schaibles did take their children for medical checkups as required by their probation, according to Jayaraman, the defense attorney. Jayaraman said that Brandon was checked by a doctor when he was 10 days old, but she did not know whether the child had seen a doctor since.

“Nobody argues that these aren’t very loving, nurturing parents,” she said Tuesday. “Whether their religion had anything to do with the death of their baby, we don’t know.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/herbert-catherine-schaible_n_3138001.html
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by greall1: 3:44pm On Apr 24, 2013
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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by devigblegble: 3:44pm On Apr 24, 2013
I no want talk anything before religious people crucify me here now

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by pure123: 3:45pm On Apr 24, 2013
thank God for their lives..........3rd to comment....oshey omo banke.......this is what i call 'FIRST CLASS FOOLISHNESS'....SILLY PARENT.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by 50calibre(m): 3:45pm On Apr 24, 2013
They say faith without works is in vain, even the bible doesn't support foolishness.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Walexz02(m): 3:45pm On Apr 24, 2013
Hehehe!
See me see wahala!
If their own mama & papa no carry dem go hospital when they young,would they have the previledge of going tn church,talkless of meeting each other,talkless of marrying, talkless of giving birth to those poor kids? Smh! for some pple o!

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Nobody: 3:46pm On Apr 24, 2013
Sad story...

If d pikin survive, TO god be the Glory..
D pikin die, why dem no carry am go hospital?

Anyhow sha, GOD go still win. i never see dis kain 419 before...


Word of Faith people, make una dey careful dey play with ppl life...

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by leslieu63(m): 3:46pm On Apr 24, 2013
space booked
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by jamp: 3:46pm On Apr 24, 2013
Oh my goodness
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Nobody: 3:49pm On Apr 24, 2013
God has provided us with resources to make our lives better yet some people choose to hang on to some really annoying faith.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Burger01(m): 3:52pm On Apr 24, 2013
Smh..

angry
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by 2jideofor(m): 3:52pm On Apr 24, 2013
That was how a neighbor died in 2007... Just because of this same doctrine.

The 3kids are orphans today.

Common sense tells us that drugs are mostly from food or plant extracts, many of which are from what God created. How then is wrong to give drug?

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Krisgift(f): 3:54pm On Apr 24, 2013
Like seriously?i remember herbs were used in the bible,pure misinterpretation of the scriptures...religion!

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by ZUBY77(m): 3:54pm On Apr 24, 2013
Poor people. Money opens people's eyes.
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by sexymoma(f): 3:55pm On Apr 24, 2013
Ignorance!!!! Even pastors dey kari dere pikin dem go Hospital
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by KingOmarion(m): 3:58pm On Apr 24, 2013
Ignorance....like they say God help dose that help themselve,Rip to the dead cry
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Cmoyor: 3:58pm On Apr 24, 2013
Foolishness @ its peak
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Tinkybabe(f): 4:01pm On Apr 24, 2013
There's a difference between faith and foolishness.This here is foolishness sad

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by http(m): 4:03pm On Apr 24, 2013
Foolish people abound everywhere...
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by dare2think: 4:06pm On Apr 24, 2013
Religuous Frauds would have their sheeps believe that their faith is not strong enough!!

Gullible people relying on their pastor's misguided rantings whilst the pastor will rush to the best hospital in Germany (via a private jet) at the slightest indication of a mere headache.

Silly people.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by dedons: 4:29pm On Apr 24, 2013
shocked
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Nobody: 4:35pm On Apr 24, 2013
"only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and am not sure of the universe"
- Albert Einstein.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Image123(m): 4:41pm On Apr 24, 2013
r. i.p.
To God be the glory.
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by sanchez4eva: 4:42pm On Apr 24, 2013
This is another reason to hate useless religions....So a child is dead because of foolishness and stupidity of two idiots who are not fit to be parents.
I remember a child who became a cripple in Angels and Demons because his parents believed God will heal him. Mumu full this world sha

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Damojo: 4:44pm On Apr 24, 2013
I dont want to say one thing and the religious fanatics at the top willl say another. That was how one Jehovah Witness refused to do blood transfusion and then died like a fowl. People need to learn, U can only try this if Ur life is 100% sin-free and ur faith can move mountains.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by sylve11: 4:44pm On Apr 24, 2013
Na wa, Muskeeto, logicboy02 or logicboy03 or just logicboy dey come for una. sad cool
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Algoz: 4:48pm On Apr 24, 2013
Na waoh oooo.
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Artistree: 4:52pm On Apr 24, 2013
Ndi oji okwukwe agwo oria...if I could lay my hands on either of d parents, na slap!
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by Artistree: 5:00pm On Apr 24, 2013
Damojo: I dont want to say one thing and the religious fanatics at the top willl say another. That was how one Jehovah Witness refused to do blood transfusion and then died like a fowl. People need to learn, U can only try this if Ur life is 100% sin-free and ur faith can move mountains.
Jehovah's Witnesses adhere STRICTLY 2God's command 2abstain 4rm blood, eatn or transfused.So weda it's like fowl or like ram,d God who gave d law CAN brng dem bak 2life in a sckness-free world
Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by PalmTree(m): 5:05pm On Apr 24, 2013
Some "church goers" will read this and condemn the parents when they also listen to same if not worse gibberish in their respective churches weekly. None of them has ever tried to contest the absurd interpretations of the Holy Bible. If the parents foolishness had worked and the child by some miraculous intervention survived, they will be here praising their faith and attributing folly to miracles, smh. Imagine the clown of a Pastor who serves this couple with poo every sunday, he'll be like their faith wasn't strong enough or God had called the righteous home, a toddler? Has he accomplished his mission on earth or he was just supposed to be some passerby spectator? The parents should be duly charged and sentenced! Best case scenario: the remaining kids should be placed finally in foster care which is by miles better than some psychopathic dad&mum... The parents should be banned from having any future kids! Shalom.

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Re: Couple’s Child Died Because They ‘treated’ Him With Prayer, And No Medicine by 3kay945(m): 5:05pm On Apr 24, 2013
Now the parent should know better
.poor kids

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