PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge is refusing to dismiss murder charges against a fundamentalist Christian couple in the faith-healing death of their son, noting that another child had died in similar fashion four years ago.
Terms of their probation from that case require Herbert and Catherine Schaible (SHY’-bull) to seek medical help if another child was sick or injured.
They’ve told police that they instead rocked and prayed over their 8-month-old son Brandon before he died of pneumonia in April. He had been sick for at least three days, with labored breathing.
Defense lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the third-degree murder charges Wednesday on grounds there was no malice. The judge says that argument would be stronger had the earlier death not happened.
The couple’s seven surviving children are in foster care.