Faith-Healing Mom Will Be Released on House Arrest

Catherine Schiable and her husband are charged with third-degree murder in the death of their 7-month-old son

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    A Pa. judge allowed the release of Catherine Schaible on bail on Friday. She will be on house arrest at her parent's home and will be allowed supervised visits with her children. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports. (Published Friday, Jun 21, 2013)

    A faith-healing mom charged in the murder of her infant son, will be released from prison on house arrest.

    Today in court, her attorney argued that Catherine Schiable is not a flight risk. Prosecutors disagree, "She is the mother who was with that child most of the days he was sick. She watched him die and did nothing," said Joanne Pescatore, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney.

    Schiable's father will post 10% of the $250,000 bail to free his daughter. She will then live with him under electronic monitoring as she awaits trial on third degree murder charges.

    Her husband, Herbert Schiable, was denied release and will remain behind bars.

    The Schaibles are members of the First Century Gospel, a religious group that relies on prayer, rather than medical care.

    Their son, Brandon, died on April 18, in what the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office ruled a homicide. According to his death certificate, the 7-month-old died from bacterial pneumonia, dehydration and group B streptococcus infection.

    He is the second child of the Schaibles to die after they used prayer as opposed to medical treatment. Their 2-year-old son Kent died in 2009 from pneumonia.  After Kent's death, the couple was under a court order to seek medical advice if any of their children became ill.

    The couple's six other children are currently in foster care.

    The Schaibles are due in court July 3 to be formally arraigned on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and conspiracy.

     


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