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Pa. couple sent to prison for 2nd prayer death

February 19, 2014 • National News


Catherine Schaible walks from the criminal justice center Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Philadelphia. Herbert and Catherine Schaible who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3.5 to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who was sick but didn’t see a doctor. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner told Herbert and Catherine Schaible that it wasn’t 8-month-old Brandon’s time to die.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A couple who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who never saw a doctor despite being stricken with pneumonia.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible defied a court order to get medical care for their children after their 2-year-old son, Kent, died in 2009. Instead, they tried to comfort and pray over 8-month-old Brandon last year as he, too, died of treatable pneumonia.

“My religious beliefs are that you should pray, and not have to use medicine. But because it is against the law, then whatever sentence you give me, I will Login to read more

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