Pa. couple get prison after sons’ prayer deaths
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia couple who believe in faith-healing have been sentenced to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who died without seeing a doctor.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner told Herbert and Catherine Schaible on Wednesday that it wasn’t 8-month-old Brandon’s time to die.
He said: “You’ve killed two of your children ... not God, not your church, not religious devotion – you.”
The Schaibles pleaded no contest. They are third-generation members of a small Pentacostal community, the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia.
Both expressed remorse and apologized for violating a court order to seek medical care for their children following the 2009 death of a 2-year-old son of untreated pneumonia.
Their six surviving minor children are now in foster care.