Faith-Healing Parents Charged With Murder After 2nd Child Dies

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Herbert and Catherine Schaible
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PHILADELPHIA (KTLA) — A judge refused to drop murder charges Wednesday against a fundamentalist Christian couple, whose infant son died of untreated pneumonia.

The boy, Brandon Schable, died after his parents Herbert and Catherine Schaible chose to pray over the infant rather than seek medical treatment, according to police.

At the time of the child’s death the couple was still on probation following the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son Kent.

In that case, the couple was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but received probation with the requirement they seek immediate medical help if another child was sick or injured.

The Schaibles are third-generation members of the First Century Gospel Church.
Their pastor, Nelson Clark, said the Schaibles lost their sons because of a “spiritual lack” in their lives and insisted they would not seek medical care even if another child appeared near death, according to the Associated Press.
The Schable’s seven other children were placed in foster care.

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