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Update: No jail for parents of child who died after ‘prayer cure’

A couple who chose a prayer cure for their toddler son who eventually died from bacterial pneumonia received 10 years of probation. The couple had been previously found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible of Philadelphia had faced sentences of 8 1/2 to 17 years in prison for the death of their son. The child, two-year-old Kent, died after suffering with the easily treatable condition for 10 days. The Schiables opted not to get medical care during that time. The family belongs to a church which preaches against many aspects of modern medicine.

The couple claimed that they had no idea the child was sick with anything more serious than a bad cold, and would’ve sought medical help if they had realized the extent of his illness. Read more details on the case here.

The judge meted out a relatively light sentence to the couple citing their otherwise clean records and the fact that they have seven other children between the ages of 1 and 15.

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