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Herbert and Catherine Schaible Lost 2nd Child After Choosing Prayer over Medicine, Now Facing 14 Years in Prison

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Herbert and Catherine Schaible are being held without bail on third-degree murder charges filed this week in the death of their 8-month-old son. The Philadelphia couple faces 14 years in prison if convicted.

In 2009 their 2-year-old son died after an incident in which they chose faith and prayer over conventional medicine. That son, Kent, died of bacterial pneumonia, and they were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

As part of their probation from that death, the Schaibles were required to get medical attention if any of their other children got sick. But even when the situation presented itself again, they ignored the court's order and relied once more on prayer alone.

As a result, their 8-month-old child died in April.

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Authorities learned of the death after the funeral home the couple contacted called the medical examiner.

Their seven other kids were removed from the home shortly after.

In regards to the wanton disregard of their probation requirements regarding sick children, the judge stated that, “grossly and disastrously," not to mention "knowingly, intentionally, hypocritically, and callously" violated that probation.

Sources: Newser, Philadelphia Enquirer