2nd Prayer Death, A couple who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who was sick but didn’t see a doctor. A judge told Herbert and Catherine Schaible that it wasn’t 8-month-old Brandon’s time to die. “You’ve killed two of your children … not God, not your church, not religious devotion ” you,” Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner said.
The Schaibles pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in Brandon’s death last year from pneumonia. They are third-generation members of a small Pentacostal community, the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia.
Both expressed remorse and apologized for violating a court order to seek medical care for their children after the 2009 death of a 2-year-old son of untreated pneumonia.
They have seven surviving children.