(Thank you Tammy for letting me know that there was a picture of this  Angel, out there)
Kent Schaible
- January 2009
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Brandon Schaible
- April 18, 2009
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In January 2009, Herbert and Catherine Schaible were members of a church which practiced faith healing. What that means is that all faith is put in God to heal anyone who is unfortunate enough to get sick within the congregation. Kent, their two year old son was one of the unlucky ones. Kent became ill with Bacterial Pneumonia and rather than take him to the hospital to get help and save his life, Herbert and Catherine prayed that God would heal him. I guess they were not smart enough to figure out that God invented Doctors to be His helpers. For all that this little Angel wen through at their hands, a Judge saw fit to only give this couple ten years of probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. A condition of their probation was that their remaining eight children receive regular check ups at the Doctor and that they were to be immediately taken to for treatment if any of them became ill.

That should have been easy enough to handle, however, just a few months later, ANOTHER child of theirs, Brandon, who was only seven months old, died from the same thing, Bacterial Pneumonia though he also suffered from dehydration and step throat. In keeping with the teachings of their church, the First Century Gospel Church, the Schaible's once again did not seek medical attention for a child who was sick even though they were still on probation for the death of Kent.

Herbert and Catherine were arrested and charged with third degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child and were facing 40 years each for the death of Brandon. District Attorney R. Seth Williams said:

"Instead of caring for and nurturing him, they ultimately caused his death by praying
over his body instead of taking him to the doctor"

Catherine was able to stay home on house arrest while Herbert went to jail. Six of the seven remaining children, ranging in age from four to 18 years old, were removed from the home and placed in foster care, though the 18 year was over the age where that child could be put in foster care.

In February of 2014 Herbert, who was 45 years at the time and Catherine, who was 44 years old at the time were found plead no contest in the death of Brandon. After sentencing the couple to up to seven years in prison, the Judge said:

"I have never seen in my career, a case like this"
Judge Benjamin Lerner

Herbert said that he knew that he and Catherine had messed up by not following the instructions of the court and taking Brandon to get medical attention:

"It won't happen again. I am extremely sorry for what happened to my two sons"

It won't happen again? It should NEVER have happened the fist time and much less the second time. These two people should be in prison for life and NEVER allowed to have children in their home again.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Prosecutor was quoted as saying that this case haunts her.

This page was created on November 24, 2014
Death occurred in the state of Pennsylvania

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