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June 23, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LEADERS of a Juniata Park church that preaches faith healing appeared to distance themselves yesterday from a church couple accused of murdering their pneumonia-stricken baby by praying for him instead of getting him medical care. The pastor and assistant pastor of First Century Gospel Church testified during a detention hearing for Catherine Schaible, 43, who is charged with husband Herbert, 45, in the April 18 death of their 7-month-old son Brandon. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled that Catherine Schaible can post bail and leave jail, where she has been since the couple was arrested May 22. Lerner rejected Herbert's bail request Thursday.
NEWS
June 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catherine Schaible was freed on bail Friday to await trial in the faith healing death of her infant son. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner's ruling came with restrictions: Schaible must pay $250,000 bail and live in her parents' home under electronically monitored house arrest. Lerner said Schaible may only leave the house to go to court, meet her lawyer, or for court-supervised visits with her children. No mention was made of leaving the house to attend religious services at First Century Gospel Church, the Juniata Park congregation where Schaible, 43, and husband Herbert, 44, are members.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CATHERINE SCHAIBLE, the "faith-healing" mom accused of murder for praying for her bacterial pneumonia-stricken baby son Brandon instead of taking him to a doctor, may be allowed to bail herself out of jail today. Schaible, 43, who has a detention hearing scheduled in front of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, has the money to post 10 percent of her $250,000 bail, her attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, told Lerner on Tuesday. This morning, Lerner will hear arguments from Jayaraman and Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore before deciding whether to lift a detainer that would allow Schaible to post bail.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
THE "FAITH-HEALING" mother charged with murdering her baby by not getting him medical care has the money to bail herself out of jail but must wait until Friday to learn if a judge will let her do so. Catherine Schaible's family and church members have come up with $25,000, or 10 percent of her $250,000 bail, attorney Mythri Jayaraman told Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner yesterday. Lerner agreed to postpone his decision on whether to allow Schaible to post bail until Friday, when he will hear more evidence from Jayaraman and a counterargument from Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
WHAT IS WRONG with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey? Does he have so little faith in the investigators in the Philadelphia Police Department who are examining the police shootings that he has to call for an independent review by the Justice Department? How many times in his police career has he been confronted by an armed criminal? Where did he receive his training to become a police officer, if he ever was one? I feel he has no concept of what it is like to be a police officer, and I feel it shows in his actions at this time.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IN THE days leading up to Brandon Schaible's April 18 death from bacterial pneumonia and dehydration, the nearly 8-month-old boy suffered through spells of vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, irritability and a decreased appetite, his parents told homicide detectives. Herbert and Catherine Schaible, of Rhawnhurst, also spoke of their devout belief in the healing powers of Jesus, and of how they prayed that Brandon's ravaged 14 1/2-pound body would be healed without doctors or medicine.
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.
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.
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