Parents Charged With Murder in Death of Infant

So yesterday, I read on and then on CNN about a couple (Herbert and Catherine Shaible) that have been charged with third degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, and, endangering the welfare of a child, after the death of their child.

Apparently, the baby (named Brandon) died on April from dehydration and bacterial pneumonia. His death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office because when they noticed symptoms of illness, they began to pray for him instead of seeking medical help

In 2009, their 2-year-old son Kent died of bacterial pneumonia as they prayed over him rather than calling on a doctor. They were convicted of involuntary manslaughter but given a 10 year probation. One condition of their probation was a requirement that they seek medical attention and follow medical advice if any of their children were to get sick in the future.

Their former prosecutor (Joanne Pescatore) stated that the circumstances of that case were “eerily similar” to this one. She also said that she argued for a prison sentence in the earlier case but the judge didn’t feel it was appropriate.
The Shaibles have at least two other children who were taken into the custody of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services following the death of Brandon in April.

This is a very interesting something. I believe in the power of prayer but I also believe that God created us with brains and created people to help us.

It reminds me of a joke/story about a guy who was drowning. A boat came to pick him up and he said: “No, God is going to save me”. Another boat came and he told the people in it the same thing. A lifeguard came and he told the lifeguard the same thing. A while later, he died and went to heaven and he told God: “I had faith in You to save me and You didn’t.” And God replied: “I sent you two boats and a lifeguard. What else did you want me to do.”

Jesus never said anything about not using doctors. He even referred to doctors in some of his parables. Luke, a disciple and writer of one of the gospels, was a doctor and I don’t think it was because he had a PhD.

Even if you are a Muslim, it’s in the Quran that you should seek medical help when necessary.

So what do you think about the charges. Is murder too much or is it justified seeing as this is the second child. Are they extremists?

Grace and Peace


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