Children of Faith Healing Parents Get Court-Ordered Medical Care
If this happened to other parents who hadn’t already murdered two of their children through cult religion inspired neglect there would be right wing religious attorneys fighting this as a religious freedom issue.
The remaining children of the Northeast Philadelphia faith-healing couple who chose prayer over medicine in two child deaths are receiving court-ordered medical care, defense attorneys said Monday.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible’s seven children were placed in temporary foster care after the couple told police they did not bring their 8-month-old, Brandon, to a doctor when he showed serious signs of illness last month.
The Schaibles - members of a church that shuns medical care - are on probation for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent.
While authorities await the results of Brandon Schaible’s autopsy, child welfare workers are monitoring the medical needs of the seven other Schaible children, said Mythri Jayaraman, a lawyer for Catharine Schaible, after a probationary status hearing Monday at the Criminal Justice Center.
At a Family Court hearing last week, a judge ordered Department of Human Services workers to ensure the children’s “routine and special” medical needs were being met, Jayaraman said.