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Autopsy Says Death Of Faith-Healing Couple’s Baby Was Homicide

PHILADELPHIA,  (UPI) –  A Philadelphia medical examiner has ruled the death of a 7-month-old child of a couple who believe in faith healing was a homicide.

An autopsy report found the infant, Brandon Scott Schaible, died April 18 from bacterial pneumonia and dehydration in the home of his parents, Herbert and Catherine Schaible, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Wednesday.

The medical examiner said the child began experiencing difficult breathing, irritability and decreased appetite three days before he died.

At the time of their infant son’s death, the couple were already on probation for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son Kent, who died after they decided to simply pray for his recovery rather than take him for medical care.

The district attorney’s office had not yet indicated if the couple will face charges in Brandon’s death.

The Schaibles are scheduled for a probation hearing in June. If found to have violated the terms of their probation, the couple could face five to 10 years in prison in addition to any criminal charges.

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