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Pa. couple sent to prison for 2nd prayer death

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 11:54 a.m. CDT
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FILE - This undated file photo combination provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Herbert and Catherine Schaible. The Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith-healing face 20 years or more in prison in the death of a second child who died without seeing a doctor. The Schaibles are being sentenced Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 in the death last year of their 8-month-old son, Brandon.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia couple who believe in faith-healing have been sentenced to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who died without seeing a doctor.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner told Herbert and Catherine Schaible (SHY'-bull) on Wednesday that it wasn't 8-month-old Brandon's time to die.

He said: "You've killed two of your children ... not God, not your church, not religious devotion — you."

The Schaibles pleaded no contest. They are third-generation members of a small Pentacostal community, the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia.

Both expressed remorse and apologized for violating a court order to seek medical care for their children following the 2009 death of a 2-year-old son of untreated pneumonia.

Their six surviving minor children are now in foster care.

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