PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia couple who believe in faith healing over medicine and have had two children die of pneumonia can’t post bail before a hearing Friday.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible are charged with third-degree murder in the April death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon.
They were convicted of involuntary manslaughter after 2-year-old Kent died in 2009 and were ordered afterward to get their children medical care. Yet prosecutors say they instead prayed over Brandon as his condition worsened.
The couple’s seven surviving children are in foster care.
A judge set bail Thursday at $250,000 apiece, but prosecutors had the decision stayed until a hearing Friday.
Defense lawyers say the Schaibles have no ill intent, and they hope to have the bail reduced.
Prosecutors want the couple held without bail until trial.