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Judge rebukes Rhawnhurst couple over death of another child

Posted by doctore0 on April 23, 2013

There you have it… they watched the baby die 4 Jesus… again

THEY HEARD their son crying through sleepless nights, suffering with diarrhea, and when little Brandon Schaible’s parents noticed his labored breathing, authorities said, they prayed over their baby until his final breath last week.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible told a judge in 2011 that they would never choose religion over medicine again after their 2-year-old son, Kent Schaible, died from bacterial pneumonia in 2009.

But on Monday, the Rhawnhurst couple sat together again in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, silent and somber as a judge skewered them for “grossly and disastrously” violating their probation when they watched Brandon, just shy of 8 months old, die last week.

“I am sorry for your loss. Deeply sorry,” Judge Benjamin Lerner told the couple. “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.”

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to the First Century Gospel Church, a fundamentalist congregation on G Street near Annsbury in Juniata Park, that believes in faith healing. The couple were convicted of involuntary manslaugher for Kent’s death and sentenced to 10 years of probation that included strict requirements for medical care for their remaining children.

In court Monday, Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the couple acknowledged that Brandon was crying, experiencing diarrhea and having trouble sleeping and breathing before he died at home Thursday. The family called a funeral home after Brandon died

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