Herbert and Catherine Schaible pleaded “no contest” in the death of their young son. They had tried to heal him with prayer instead of medical care. Another of their children had died earlier in similar circumstances.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible had previously pleaded “no contest” in connection with the death of their son, Brandon, who died as the couple prayed for him to be healed but never took him to a doctor or a hospital for medical care.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible are awaiting sentencing after admitting they chose prayer over medicine, leading to the death of their seven-month-old son last April.
At the time, the couple was on probation for the 2009 manslaughter death of a two-year-old son under similar circumstances.
Their infant son died from dehydration and pneumonia in April, but the defense had argued there wasn’t the evidence of malice necessary to support a third-degree murder charge against Herbert and Catherine Schaible
Authorities say seven month old Brandon Schiable died on April 18th from dehydration and bacterial pneumonia. According to the DA, instead of caring and nurturing him, his parents caused his death by praying instead of taking him to the doctor.
At a bail hearing Friday, Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ordered them held without bail. He says they’re a flight risk.
A Northeast Philadelphia couple has been convicted in connection with the pneumonia death of their two-year-old son. The defendants chose god and prayer over medicine.