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Praying Parents Guilty in Death of Second Child!
November 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Praying Parents Guilty in Death of Second Child They Wouldn't Take to Doctor

by Kiri Blakeley

The Philadelphia couple who were charged with murder in the death of their 7-month-old son after they refused to seek medical treatment for his pneumonia because of their religious beliefs have pleaded no contest and will likely spend 20 to 40 years in prison. The couple, Herbert and Catherine Schaible, gained notoriety after their baby died as they prayed for his bacterial pneumonia to go away rather than bringing him to a doctor. He died after several days of what experts say must have been extreme distress. What's even more utterly tragic was that this wasn't the first time this had happened!

The couple were already on 10 years probation and ordered by a judge to seek medical treatment for their children after their 2-year-old son, Kent, had come down with the same virus and died the exact same way -- as his parents prayed over him and refused to get him medical care. Unbelievable!!!

No doubt the fact that the couple had seven other children contributed to their lack of prison time the first time around, because without parents, there would have been seven orphans. But their idiocy just put those kids in danger even more, and sure enough, they went ahead and had another kid and the same thing happened!

This is the kind of thing that just makes you want to pull your hair out about the justice system, but unfortunately there are no laws about who can procreate if they are free citizens.

Is it tragic that seven more of their children now don't have parents? Not in my book. Which is the book of common sense, not that other book. The book of common sense says these kids may never reach adulthood with these parents, who wouldn't take them to a doctor no matter what happens to them.

I don't know where in the Bible it says you shouldn't bring your kids to a doctor -- and I don't think anyone should blindly follow a collection of tracts penned thousands of years ago -- but if religion doesn't allow you to take a gun to your kids, it shouldn't allow you to blatantly ignore it when they're dying either.

Hopefully, the other children now have a chance at life, provided they aren't handed over to people with the same stubborn belief system.

Do you think they belong in prison?

Replies

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Well gee then, lets take all the kids away from Christian families and give them to the state!

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM
    Not all Christian families are like that.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    Well gee then, lets take all the kids away from Christian families and give them to the state!


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    I know that! I was being sarcastic(Well gee then) over this post. 

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Not all Christian families are like that.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    Well gee then, lets take all the kids away from Christian families and give them to the state!




  • amandacr1026
    November 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
    I don't think that's what this post was saying... She was simply saying that these parents took their beliefs to the absolute max to the point where it harmed their children.. its irresponsible and yes they deserve to have their children taken away. I do believe that prayer helps, however.. I still take my daughter to the doctor.
    Quoting Anonymous:


    I know that! I was being sarcastic(Well gee then) over this post. 

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Not all Christian families are like that.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    Well gee then, lets take all the kids away from Christian families and give them to the state!





  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Yes, they need to be child-free and in jail.   In my view, God allowed medicine and treatments to be created in order to help us fight diseases.   I don't get how a mother can only pray over her child and not seek medical help.  May religious parents like this beleive their child will go to hell if they have medical treatment.   That is so messed up!   You realize with pneumonia, that baby probably suffocated to death.  It wasn't a quiet, painless peaceful death.  That baby was in sheer agony.   By allowing that achild to suffer, that is child abuse.

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    No, I do not.  This was not a murder.  They did not purposefully bring about the death of their child.  No malice was involved.  

  • cindilou13
    November 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Yes, I do believe they should be in prison.  That is willful neglect.  ESPECIALLY since they had already been through the same situation once.

    In the case of a non-curable cancer or such; I can fathom refusing further medical care.  And, I believe there is some value, if only mentally/pyschologically, in praryer/positive thinking.  But it is not a subsitute for medical care. 

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM
    honestly,there are alot of parents that religion keeps them from medical necessities but usually they are other culterals across country i think they should rot
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I hope they rot in hell

  • kerryket
    November 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM
    If you are a believer how about praying for God to guide the hands of trained medical providers, you can't fix stupid or always change fanatics, throw the book at them.

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