Some of you may remember this from a couple of years ago: Creationist Parents Guilty in Child’s Death. That was about Herbert and Catherine Schaible, Pennsylvania parents who turned to prayer instead of medicine as their son died of bacteria pneumonia. They were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
In that same post we also provided information about their church — First Century Gospel Church — where Herbert was a teacher. You guessed it — in addition to faith healing, they also believed in creationism. In for a penny, in for a pound.
A couple of months later we posted Creationist Faith-Killing Parents to be Sentenced, in which we reported:
Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore declined to tell the Philadelphia Daily News whether she will seek prison time but said she will ask that the couple be required to take their other six children for regular medical checkups.
It’s disquieting to read what we said in response to that:
That prosecutor seems every bit as creepy as the creationist parents. If the state doesn’t make a serious effort to lock those parents up for a long time, the prosecutor would be almost an accomplice if there should be another faith-killing in that family.
They were given no jail time — just probation and an order to provide medical care for their remaining children. End of story, right? No, unfortunately that’s not right.
We now report what we found at the website of the Fox TV station in Kansas City: Second child dies after parents choose prayer over doctors. Yeah — it happened again. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Philadelphia couple who turned to prayer instead of doctors has lost a second child — violating their probation. Herbert and Catherine Schaible were serving 10 years probation after the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son — who died from pneumonia — when their 8-month-old son died after suffering for days with diarrhea and breathing problems.
Their son suffered for days with diarrhea and breathing problems — and they prayed. Look on the bright side — they didn’t succumb to the false doctrines of science and Darwinism. Let’s read on:
Charges may be filed once the baby’s cause of death has been determined. The Schaibles pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for the death of their first son.
There’s another story on this at the Philadelphia Inquirer website: A second child of doctor-shunning couple dies. They say:
When a judge sentenced Herbert and Catherine Schaible to probation in 2011 for praying over their gravely ill toddler son instead of taking him to a doctor, Herbert Schaible offered a few brief words of remorse and grief, then entrusted his family’s fate to a higher power. “With God’s help, this will never happen again,” Schaible told the court.
He had a good plan. What went wrong? The story continues:
On Monday, a different judge said that it did happen again, that the Schaibles – members of a Juniata Park church that shuns medical care – admitted to police that they once again chose prayer over medicine for a dying child.
Gotta stay with a winning formula. Here’s more:
The Schaibles, as members of the First Century Gospel Church, believe medical care is a sin that shows a lack of faith in God.
There’s not much we can say here. Well, there is, but we said it when we posted about an earlier case similar to this one: Damn You! Damn You All To Hell!
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