US dad's bid to dismiss murder charges in son's faith-healing death rejected
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A United States judge is refusing to dismiss murder charges against a fundamentalist Christian in the faith-healing death of his son, noting that another of his children died four years earlier.
A court order from the first case requires Herbert Schaible and his wife, Catherine, to seek immediate medical help if another child was sick or injured.
They have told the police that they instead sat and rocked their eight-month-old son, Brandon, before he died of pneumonia in April.
Defence lawyer Bobby Hoof asked a judge to dismiss the third-degree murder charge on Wednesday on grounds there was no malice. The judge said that argument would be stronger had the earlier death not happened.