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Faith-Healing Parents Get Prison for Son's Death

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  • Started 6 years ago by Vitalogy
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  1. Vitalogy
    Member

    A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith-healing rather than modern medicine will each spend the next three and half to seven years behind bars for the death of their 8-month-old son, the second time one of their ill children died without seeing a doctor.

    At the time, they were under court orders to seek medical care for their children after their 2-year-old son Kent died of untreated pneumonia in 2009.

    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.

    “We believe in divine healing, that Jesus shed blood for our healing and that he died on the cross to break the devil's power,” Herbert Schaible said in a 2013 police statement. Medicine, he said, “is against our religious beliefs.”

    A jury had convicted both parents of involuntary manslaughter in Kent's death, and they were put on 10 years of probation that included orders to seek medical care if any other child got sick.

    After Brandon's death, an irate judge found they had violated parole.

    Prosecutors have described the boys' symptoms as “eerily similar,” and said they included labored breathing and a refusal to eat.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/faith-healing-parents-get-prison-sons-death-n33921

    They shouldn't be called faith healers. They should be called child abusers and child murderers

    Posted on February 19, 2014 - 08:02 PM #
  2. missing_kskd
    Member

    Good.

    Medicine may be against their beliefs. That's fine. They get to do that as adults of age, personally responsible for their beliefs, and implications.

    The kids aren't of age, cannot consent to that kind of thing, and they need medicine until such time as they are of age, competent and then they can do what they want.

    It is abuse, and they should get a much longer term, IMHO.

    Posted on February 19, 2014 - 10:17 PM #
  3. edselehr
    Member

    The state should step in when parents make undeniably dangerous or deadly parenting decisions. The state should be deaf to any religious excuses for this kind of behavior.

    Posted on February 20, 2014 - 11:59 AM #
  4. Broadway
    Member

    James 2...faith without works is dead....
    God made medicine peoples...take/use it for life!

    Posted on February 20, 2014 - 02:59 PM #
  5. Vitalogy
    Member

    Broadway's post rings hollow.

    You and the child killers are one in the same.

    Noise but no action. Meanwhile, kids die in the name of fairy tales.

    It's time to call it out for what it is: Mental illness.

    Posted on February 20, 2014 - 09:33 PM #