Religious parents are continuing to deny their kids proper health care in favor of faith in the healing powers of their prayers. Denying medical care for their children is a common practice for members of faith healing churches. In particular, two faith healing churches in Philadelphia are now linked to over two dozen deaths due to this practice.
The Schaibles, a family that belong to the First Century Gospel Church in Juniata Park, denied their now dead son much needed medical care. Their seven month old son, Brandon, died from dehydration, a group B streptococcus infection and pneumonia on April 18. The parents, Herbert and Catherine, are now being charged with numerous crimes, including third degree murder and violating probation. Unfortunately, this isn't even the family's first offense. Back in 2009, their two year old son, Kent, died from preventable pneumonia. The family once again favored their church over a hospital. After their first son's death, the family was sentenced to ten years of probation, a somewhat lenient sentence considering the scope of the situation. The Schaibles are now being held on bail for two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania states that laws should be changed to prevent these types of deaths from happening. Most will agree that the state needs to eliminate religious exceptions for child abuse.