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Parents talked to God instead of their doctor now their baby is dead

Posted by on May. 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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Parents Charged With Murder Because They Prayed for Their Sick Baby

posted by Jeanne Sager 

Faith-Healing parents Catherine Schaible Herbert SchaibleWhenever religion and the justice system tangle, you can expect things to get pretty hairy. Now that a couple of parents who practice "faith-healing" have been charged with murder, you can expect sparks will fly. But from the sounds of it, Catherine and Herbert Schaible did exactly that to their 7-month-old baby.

Baby Brandon died April 18 from dehydration and bacterial pneumonia. Cops say when the little boy began showing symptoms of illness several days before his death, his parents decided to pray for him instead of calling a doctor.

Sounds like murder to me, how about you?

The Schaibles may not have purposely gotten Brandon sick. And they may not have killed him with a weapon of some sort. At first glance, their story might even sound more like manslaughter than murder.

But manslaughter generally indicates a criminal didn't know what they were doing.

In 2009, the Schaibles' 2-year-old son Kent died of bacterial pneumonia as his parents prayed over him rather than calling on a doctor. They were convicted of involuntary manslaughter but given only probation, leaving them to go home and continue making babies.

They knew what would happen if they didn't call a doctor.

They'd seen it happen.

And cops say they did it anyway.

When we talk about wrongful death in this country, we need to look at the whys as much as we do the hows.

Technically this baby died because he got an infection. But he also died because his faith-healing parents allegedly skipped out on getting him medical care. They didn't have to pull a trigger or dig a knife into him to kill him. Inaction was enough.

We live in a society where people are so quick to pull back, throw their hands up, and say, "Hey, not me, man." No one wants to get involved in anything -- that way when things go south, as they inevitably do, they can claim it wasn't their fault because they weren't involved.

But it doesn't work that way.

Sometimes not getting involved is the very worst thing you can do.

Sometimes not getting involved is murder.

Do you think the charges being levied against the Schaibles are right here? Do you feel any sympathy for them?

by on May. 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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by Silver Member on May. 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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i think they need to be charged but not sure on what charges they would be facing (involunatary manslaughter)? poor kids :(

by Platinum Member on May. 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM
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They need to be convicted this is the second time it happen.
by Anonymous 1 on May. 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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by on May. 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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Wow. I'd sai manslaughter. It was voluntary. They knew what could happen. Poor babies.
by on May. 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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solely because this has happened BEFORE. yes, throw every fucking charge you can at them.

by Anonymous 2 on May. 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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While I think the parents are complete and utter morons who obviously are troubled in their minds - they had every right to do what they did. You'd think this being the second time it's happened, they'd do something different - but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results.
While I ache for this child's early death, this is what happens sometimes when we can choose to do what we think is best for our children.
I'm not even religious in the least - I do not believe in any type I organized religion - but it's "their right" as parents to do what they thought was best....
by Anonymous 3 on May. 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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Hopefully they'll accept that it's gods plan that they rot in prison.

by Bronze Member on May. 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM


by on May. 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM
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Can we please just sterilize people like this?  If chose to medically neglect one child, you don't deserve to have any more.  

by New Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM
It happened before and they only got manslaughter and probation?
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