THE NORTHEAST Philadelphia "faith-healing" couple whose 2-year-old son died after they failed to seek medical treatment for the child were charged yesterday with third-degree murder in the death of another of their children.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were also charged with involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy and child-endangerment in the April 18 death of their 7-month-old son, Brandon. Authorities said that the infant began to show signs of distress three days before he died of bacterial pneumonia at the family's Rhawnhurst home, and that the couple told detectives they did not seek medical treatment for him.
The Schaibles are on probation after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. As part of their probation, they were ordered to seek medical treatment if any of their other children became ill.