PHILADELPHIA – A fundamentalist Christian couple from Philadelphia has pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the faith-healing death of their infant, nearly four years after they were put on probation for the similar death of a toddler.
The probation in the 2009 case required Herbert and Catherine Schaible (SHY'-bel) to seek immediate medical help if another child was sick or injured. But prosecutors say they instead prayed over their 8-month-old son, Brandon, before he died of pneumonia in April.
The couple's defense attorney says Thursday's no contest plea will enable her to further explain their religious beliefs before they're sentenced in February.
The Schaibles were sentenced to 10 years' probation after they were convicted by a jury of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 pneumonia death of their 2-year-old son, Kent.