NPR : News

Filed Under:

Second Child Of Philadelphia Faith-Healing Couple Dies

A Philadelphia couple already on probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they refused medical treatment in favor of prayer could be facing similar charges over another child, The Associated Press reports.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reported back in 2010, they were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of their two-year-old son, who died of bacterial pneumonia after they declined to see a doctor and opted instead for faith healing.

An 8-month-old belonging to the couple died last week after suffering diarrhea and breathing problems. Authorities are awaiting an autopsy on the child and the Schaibles have not been charged as yet. But Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing they violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children.

After the death of two-year-old Kent in January 2009, Herbert Schaible told police investigators that he and his wife had "tried to fight the devil, but in the end the devil won."

The couple attend the First Century Gospel Church of Juniata Park, which adheres to faith-healing practices and eschews medical intervention.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - October 21, 2016

Virginia’s online voter registration will be extended after a system crash. Montgomery County keeps Marriott headquarters local with big incentives. And Washington D.C. dukes it out with Washington state over their shared moniker.


No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.