Faith-healing couple held for trial in son’s death

Herbert and Catherine Schaible of Rhawnhurst will face trial on third-degree murder charges.

Her­bert and Cath­er­ine Schaible will be go­ing to tri­al on third-de­gree murder and oth­er charges.

At a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Wednesday, Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden held the Schaibles, of Rhawnhurst, on all charges related to the April 18 death of their 7-month-old son Brandon.

The Schaibles are mem­bers of First Cen­tury Gos­pel Church, loc­ated in Ju­ni­ata. They be­lieve in pray­er, not med­ic­al care, for phys­ic­al heal­ing.

At Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing, the pro­sec­u­tion presen­ted evid­ence from a med­ic­al ex­am­iner, who said Brandon died of de­hyd­ra­tion and bac­teri­al pneu­mo­nia. Also, po­lice hom­icide de­tect­ives read state­ments from the Schaibles that in­cluded ques­tions about why they did not take their ail­ing child to a doc­tor.

“My hus­band and I de­cided we wanted to trust God,” Cath­er­ine Schaible said. ••

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