Parents Charged With Murder Because They Prayed for Their Sick Baby

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Faith-Healing parents Catherine Schaible Herbert SchaibleWhenever religion and the justice system tangle, you can expect things to get pretty hairy. Now that a couple of parents who practice "faith-healing" have been charged with murder, you can expect sparks will fly. But from the sounds of it, Catherine and Herbert Schaible did exactly that to their 7-month-old baby.

Baby Brandon died April 18 from dehydration and bacterial pneumonia. Cops say when the little boy began showing symptoms of illness several days before his death, his parents decided to pray for him instead of calling a doctor.

Sounds like murder to me, how about you?

The Schaibles may not have purposely gotten Brandon sick. And they may not have killed him with a weapon of some sort. At first glance, their story might even sound more like manslaughter than murder.

But manslaughter generally indicates a criminal didn't know what they were doing.

In 2009, the Schaibles' 2-year-old son Kent died of bacterial pneumonia as his parents prayed over him rather than calling on a doctor. They were convicted of involuntary manslaughter but given only probation, leaving them to go home and continue making babies.

They knew what would happen if they didn't call a doctor.

They'd seen it happen.

And cops say they did it anyway.

When we talk about wrongful death in this country, we need to look at the whys as much as we do the hows.

Technically this baby died because he got an infection. But he also died because his faith-healing parents allegedly skipped out on getting him medical care. They didn't have to pull a trigger or dig a knife into him to kill him. Inaction was enough.

We live in a society where people are so quick to pull back, throw their hands up, and say, "Hey, not me, man." No one wants to get involved in anything -- that way when things go south, as they inevitably do, they can claim it wasn't their fault because they weren't involved.

But it doesn't work that way.

Sometimes not getting involved is the very worst thing you can do.

Sometimes not getting involved is murder.

Do you think the charges being levied against the Schaibles are right here? Do you feel any sympathy for them?


Image via Philadelphia Police Department

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miche... micheledo

I don't think the charges are right. I also think what they did was wrong. But it concerns me that they would be charged because of their method of treatment. Just like the parents charged years ago that opted to stop cancer treatment and seek a mor enatural method. Or the recent case of the family who removed their infant from a hospital, refusing that hospital's treatment, in order to get a second opinion. Who gets to decide that my method to treat my child is right or wrong?? I don't think the government or the medical community has the right to decide how I treat my child or myself.

2baby... 2babymomma

No treatment is not treatment

wendi... wendianise82

I think people who rely on "faith healing" are ridiculous. This is a hard one though. I think child abuse and neglect are definately charges they should get, maybe even manslaughter.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

This is the second kid who died because of their 'treatment'. The charges are appropriate.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

When your method of treating your sick child is "get on my knees and pray", Anyone with half a brain has the right to decide that you're wrong.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

And i'm sure god will tell them he sent the damn doctors for them to avail of. 

NatAndCo NatAndCo

And here is my issue with mixing "religious rights" in instances like this. Yes you have the right to pray when you get sick and opt for no real treatment. That's YOUR right to freedom of religion. However, a seven month old baby is being made to suffer because of beliefs that aren't his, because he doesn't have any. Why do the parents ' right to religious freedom trump a child's right to life?

nonmember avatar KateG

Even the Amish will utilize modern medicine. Just saying.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

The deference between say this and parents opting out cancer treatment for their child, is cancer has no known/ medically recognized cure, a bacterial infection on the other hand is cured by antibiotics and I am sure they gained this knowledge after their first child passed. They were foolish and I pity their children.

Erin Kull

They are charged because they were court ordered to take the rest of their children to the doctor if one of the children is sick after their first kid died.  The violated a court order!!!!

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