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June 12, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
Herbert and Catherine Schaible, the Northeast Philadelphia parents who prayed for their sick baby instead of following a court order to take him to a doctor, were ordered to stand trial for third-degree murder and related counts Wednesday afternoon. Municipal Judge Charles Hayden made the ruling following a preliminary hearing during which Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore vigorously asserted that their failure to get seven-and-a-half-month-old Brandon to a doctor in April amounted to malice, while attorneys for the couple argued that they broke no laws because they did not know he would die because his symptoms mirrored those of a cold or flu. Brandon, who died of bacterial pneumonia and dehydration April 18 after suffering through six days of symptoms that included vomiting, diarrhea and breathing difficulty, was the couple's second child to die without receiving medical care.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two-and-a-half hours after he knelt behind the mound and thanked God for another opportunity to pitch, Carlos Zambrano posed a question to a visitor, who was standing at his locker. "Have you read the Bible?" the hulking pitcher asked. The visitor nodded. They were alone in a far corner of the clubhouse, one occupied locker in a sea of vacants. Zambrano was seated, his broad shoulders spanning the width of a black leather office chair. "There was a guy who was outside the church, and he was looking for money," Zambrano said.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HIS NAME is his outlook. "All things are possible through God's greatness" is not just the English translation to Ifeanyi Momah's Nigerian first name. It is the philosophy that has sustained him through the last 21 months of his life. By now, many of us have heard his story. Bounced between defensive end and receiver at Boston College, his knee torn up amid what appeared to be a breakout game against Northwestern at the start of the 2011 season, his appeal to play a sixth season denied by the NCAA.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Herbert and Catherine Schaible's faith in the laws of God put them on a collision course with the laws of man when their 8-month-old son, Brandon, fell ill in April. As members of First Century Gospel Church, a Juniata Park Christian congregation that shuns medical care as an affront to God, they turned to prayer when Brandon became ill with what proved to be a fatal case of bacterial pneumonia. Prayer was what they turned to in January 2009 when their 2-year-old son, Kent, also died of bacterial pneumonia, a death that led to involuntary-manslaughter convictions, 10 years' probation, and a court order to seek medical care when their seven other children got sick.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Andrew Kitchenman, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey officials have begun a small experiment they hope will reap big rewards as they seek ways to improve residents' dietary and exercise habits. And they're using an unusual channel to accomplish this: faith-based organizations. The grant program Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More is providing funding to several faith-based nonprofits, enabling them to offer nutrition classes and exercise programs. The Hoboken-based Jubilee Center, a nonprofit associated with All Saints Episcopal Parish, has launched a nutrition and cooking class that is to last through August and aims to help 100 families improve their eating habits.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The District Attorney's Office will ask a judge Friday to keep Herbert and Catherine Schaible behind bars on a probation violation even if the Philadelphia faith-healing couple posts bail in the murder case of their infant son. Wednesday, the Schaibles were charged with third-degree murder in the death of Brandon Scott Schaible, who was 7 months old when he died April 18 of bacterial pneumonia, severe dehydration, and strep after his parents withheld...
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE "FAITH-HEALING" parents who were charged with third-degree murder Wednesday for not seeking medical care for their bacterial pneumonia-stricken baby will learn this morning if they'll get bail or remain behind bars. At a 1 a.m. arraignment yesterday, Herbert and Catherine Schaible were granted bail at $250,000 each. But in the afternoon, before they had a chance to post bail, Judge Benjamin Lerner stayed the earlier order at the request of the District Attorney's Office - which wants the couple held without bail.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catherine and Herbert Schaible, the Philadelphia faith-healing couple convicted once of manslaughter for allowing their sick toddler to die, were charged Wednesday with third-degree murder in the death of another son, infant Brandon. Both defendants were originally held without bail, but the defense objected and at 2 a.m., the judge lowered it to $250,000. As of late Thursday morning, they had yet to post it. The Rhawnhurst couple declined to comment as they turned themselves in, accompanied by their attorneys, Wednesday afternoon at Police Headquarters.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE DEATH OF a 7-month-old child of a Northeast Philadelphia couple who believe in faith-healing instead of medical attention has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. Brandon Scott Schaible, the son of Herbert and Catherine Schaible, died in the family's Rhawnhurst home April 18 at 8:35 p.m. from bacterial pneumonia and dehydration, according to the autopsy report. The infant began displaying difficulty breathing, irritability and decreased appetite three days before his death, the report said.
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