Faith-Healing Parents Pick Prayer Over Medicine & Lose Another Child

catherine and herbert schaibleI'm not one to knock somebody else's religion or belief system or whatever, but Catherine and Herbert Schaible sure do make it tempting. The couple, who believes in faith-healing, is already serving 10 years probation for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent, who died from pneumonia when they refused medical care. Now another Schaible child, an 8-month-old boy, has succumbed to the same fate: The baby died last week after suffering for days from "diarrhea and breathing problems" without medical attention.

As a mom, I cringe to think of what that poor helpless baby must have gone through in his final moments. How could any parent stand by and watch their child die a preventable death? For any reason?

No criminal charges against the Schaibles have been filed yet, but that could change depending on autopsy results. As of now, the couple is -- get this! -- being charged with violating their probation, the terms of which specified "seeking medical care for their remaining children." (The Schaibles pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for Kent's death.)

Maybe there's some legal loophole I don't know about, but I'm having a hard time understanding how the Schaibles managed to retain custody of their "remaining children." We've all heard our share of stories about parents whose kids get taken away over offenses that aren't half as serious as involuntary manslaughter. Come on, Britney Spears temporarily lost custody of her kids over her "drug- and alcohol-fueled lifestyle." I just don't get it. The Schaibles kept their kids, and now another one is dead. This should never have happened.

Are you shocked to hear this faith-healing couple let a second child die without medical attention?

 

Image via Philadelphia Police Department

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nonmember avatar Lizzie Borden

Good thing religion is exactly as effective as science, oh wait it is not even comparable. What idiots.



I'm sure they also think creationism is comparable to darwin's theory and should be taught in schools.

Serab... Serabelle

It doesn't shock me that they would, clearly they are deluded to think prayer trumps m edicine. They should have had their parental rights terminated for neglect when their first child died!

Serab... Serabelle

It doesn't shock me that they would, clearly they are deluded to think prayer trumps m edicine. They should have had their parental rights terminated for neglect when their first child died!

miche... micheledo

Not surprised at all. Why would they go against their beliefs?



It does concern me that they were found guilty with the first child. ONLY because where wil lthe line be drawn? Families who have pursued mor enatural methods have also been pursued legally. At what point does the parents choice for treatment not matter?



It is a fine line I am nervous about our courts messing with. (There are too many cases of the court system having no common sense to say this is different)

hello... hellokd87

I'm a religious person, but I believe in "Science can only go so far, then comes God." As in if it's treatable, TAKE THE DAMN MEDICINE!! It's people like this couple that give a bad rep to other religious people.

nonmember avatar marie

of course they will not be convicted of violating their probation cuz they didnt....said remaining children...this child was only 8 months was not here when court ruled that so technically they didnt violate the probation...js....i dont agree with it but lawyer will jump at that reason :-(

nurse... nursemama88

I am all for natural treatment. I am also for parents making medical decisions for their children; however, when a treatment is refused that can save the child I have a problem.

nonmember avatar J

I believe in God. I believe in God's healing power. I also believe that God works through humans by giving us brains to think, learn, discover and find medical cures for illnesses. Prayer is great, so is using ALL the resources God's given us including medical science and discovery.

RiotP... RiotPixie

Couldn't have said it better, J.

jalaz77 jalaz77

These folks are little loose up there. Think you would of learned the first time. These are kids not a car! People like this scare me.

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