This story is tragic, heart breaking, and enraging all at once.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.
One dead child wasn’t enough for these negligent parents. Unreal.
Catherine Schaible’s attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, cautioned against a rush to judgment, and said the couple are good parents deeply distraught over the loss of another child.
How in the world can anyone come to the conclusion that these are good parents? Isn’t rule #1 of being just an adequate parent, “Do no harm”? Not only did these parents do harm, they facilitated death. This quote says it a little more honestly.
“He feels they are a danger to their children — not to the community, but to their own children,” Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, who prosecuted the couple in 2010, said Tuesday.
You aren’t danger to society at large; you’re just a danger to your own children, who you’d rather let die than go to a doctor.
At a hearing Monday, a judge told the couple they had violated the terms of their probation, noting the Schaibles had told investigators that they prayed to God to make Brandon well instead of seeking medical attention.
“You did that once, and the consequences were tragic,” Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
At least the judge has a functioning head on his shoulders.