Philadelphia Child Dies After Attempted ‘Faith Healing’: Why Did Herbert and Catherine Schaible Refuse To Take 8-Month-Old Son To A Doctor?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 23, 2013 5:46 PM EDT

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A second child of a Philadelphia couple Herbert and Catherine Schaible has died after the parents refused to take their 8-month-old son to a doctor. (Photo: Philadelphia Police Department)

A child in Philadelphia died last week after his parents, relying on prayer to heal their son, neglected to take him to a doctor. AP reports that the couple's 8-month-old son, Brandon, died from complications with his breathing and diarrhea.

This isn't the first child of Herbert and Catherine Schaible to die after the couple attempted "faith healing."

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Herbert Schaible, 44, and Catherine Schaible, 43, who belong to a fundamentalist Christian church in Philadelphia, Pa., were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2009 after their 2-year-old son Kent passed away after he showed symptoms of congestion, coughing and loss of appetite. It turned out that the child had bacterial pneumonia.

The church the couple belongs to is First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia, a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in direct healing from God in cases of illness.

"If we accept Christ as our Savior, we also have to accept Him as our Healer, because Jesus defeated Satan who causes sickness," a message on the church's website, titled "Healing - From God or Medicine?" reads. "It is a definite sin to trust in medical help and pills; and it is real faith to trust on the Name of Jesus for healing."

Another verse the church quotes in its statement of beliefs is Acts 3:16. It reads: "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name, and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see."

Prosecutors will not make a decision on charges until they get the results of an autopsy, according to AP.

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