"The [baby's] breathing symptoms are extremely serious," Lerner said. "It's becoming more and more labored, and you have experienced this already."
Herbert Schaible, 45, and Catherine, 44, are charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, and conspiracy in the April 18 death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon.
The Schaibles are members at First Century Gospel Church, a Juniata Park primitive Christian congregation that teaches that healing comes from prayer and that relying on medicine or doctors is a lack of faith in God.
Lerner reminded Hoof that the Schaibles' probation required them to get medical care for their children for illness or injury.
"They promised never to let something like this happen again," Lerner said. "But when push came to shove, they prayed, with no more attention to that promise than a puff of air."
Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, who also prosecuted the 2009 case, said the sentencing judge made it clear that regardless of their beliefs, the Schaibles were to take their children to a doctor at the first sign of illness.
"That meant any sign, a sign of anything. As a mother, I would have taken a child to a doctor if it stubbed a toe," Pescatore said. "But that kid [Brandon] was sick. It was so sick that it died, and they don't get that."
Herbert Schaible will remain in prison pending trial, with bail set at $250,000. Catherine Schaible posted the required 10 percent of her $250,000 bail and was released June 25 on electronically monitored house arrest at her parents' home in Summerdale.
Schaible may leave her parents' house only for court, to meet her lawyer, and to go to court-supervised visits with the couple's seven surviving children, ages about 8 to 17, who have been in foster care since Brandon died.
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