Faith-Healing Couple Lets Another Child Die

(UPDATED) Pennsylvania judge refuses to let murder charges slide for Pennsylvania parents who allowed 8-month-old to die.

Update (August 13): Herbert and Catherine Schaible will face a murder trial after a judge dismissed their request to drop the charges.

The couple's 8-month-old son, Brandon, died of pneumonia in circumstances that Judge Benjamin Lerner called "strikingly similar" to those of the death of the Schaibles' 2-year-old son Kent in 2009. The Schaibles had argued a lack of evidence in connection with Brandon's death in April.

"They promised never to let something like this happen again," Judge Benjamin Lerner said of the case. "But when push came to shove, they prayed, with no more attention to that promise than a puff of air."

The Schaibles are third-generation members of Philadelphia's First Century Gospel Church, which holds that use of traditional medical practices shows a lack of faith in God's power.

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Update (May 24): Prosecutors have charged Herbert and Catherine Schaible with third-degree murder after a medical examiner ruled ...

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