A Philadelphia couple serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor has violated their probation now that another of their children has died.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith-healing
Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing they violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children.
“I am sorry for your loss. Deeply sorry,” Lerner told the couple, according to philly.com. “But in all honesty, I am more sorry for the fact that this innocent little child will not be able to grow up to be what he wanted to be.”
Authorities have yet to file criminal charges in the death of the 8-month-old boy last week, after he suffered with diarrhea and breathing problems for days. But charges could be filed once authorities pinpoint how the baby died.
What are your thoughts? Should the couple’s remaining 7 children be permitted to stay in their custody should they escape a jail sentence again?