Sadly, it’s becoming common for families to kill their kids for Jesus. It happened in Wisconsin and in Maryland, and now, it’s happened in Philadelphia, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

On the last day of Kent Schaible’s life, his parents and pastor intensely prayed over his 32-pound body, which, unbeknown to them, was ravaged by bacterial pneumonia.

When the 2-year-old boy finally died at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 24 inside the family’s Northeast Philadelphia home, the pastor called a funeral director to take the boy’s remains to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

At no time that day, nor in the week-and-a-half prior, did Herbert and Catherine Schaible seek medical treatment for their son despite his sore throat, congestion, liquid bowel movements, sleeplessness and trouble swallowing, Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said in court yesterday.

Of course, it would have been relatively easy for the Schaibles to have saved their son:

“All it would have taken is a simple visit to a doctor for antibiotics or Tylenol, maybe, to keep this child alive,” [Pescatore] said during the couple’s preliminary hearing.

I’ve blogged before on this trend of families killing their kids for Jesus, and it’s not really new … but authorities appear to no longer tolerate it:

The Schaibles’ case is similar to a growing number around the country in which parents are slapped with criminal charges for turning to religion rather than medical care for sick children who later die.

The Schaibles claim to be a dutiful, God-fearing family who just did what God told them, as the Inquirer explains:

They are members of the First Century Gospel Church, in the Northeast, which believes that the sick can be healed through prayer rather than by medicine, according to statements that the couple gave homicide detectives two days after their son’s death.

” ‘We prayed to God for victory . . . We were praying that he would be raised up, ” Detective Stephen Buckley said yesterday, reading from Herbert Schaible’s statement.

Herbert Schaible is a teacher at First Century Gospel Church, said his attorney, Bobby Hoof.

It’s great that they have this much faith in their God. But is life — especially that of their own son — so cheap that they would dispose of it this easily and heartlessly? What is wrong with these people?

When, exactly, is this insanity going to end?

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