Hey, remember back in April of last year when I wrote about Herbert and Catherine Schaible, the two idiots who decided prayer was the only appropriate way to deal with their 8-month-old son’s pneumonia? How this was the second kid they let die because they believe prayer is better than medicine when it comes to dealing with illness?
SAYING THAT IT was they who killed their son and not God or religious devotion, a judge yesterday sentenced a Rhawnhurst couple to 3 1/2 to 7 years in state prison for praying for their pneumonia-stricken baby instead of following a court order to take him to a doctor.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible each apologized for the April death of 7-month-old Brandon and said despite their religious beliefs in prayer over medicine, they would take their surviving children to doctors in the future.
Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner also sentenced the couple to 30 months of supervised probation after they are released from prison.
Of course they made the promise of taking their kids to the doctor after the first time they let one die of a treatable disease so you’ll pardon me if I’m skeptical that they’d actually keep a promise they’d already broken. Six of the seven surviving kids are minors and currently in foster care. With any luck they’ll reach adulthood before these morons get out of prison.
A 23-year-old Kitsap woman was taken to the hospital yesterday with non-life-threatening injuries after her four-year-old son shot her in the side with a semiautomatic shotgun.
The woman told detectives that she didn’t hear the boy loading the weapon because she had her back turned and was talking on the phone. She also said she had no idea how he got access to the shotgun. But she does know how he got the cartridge.
According to the Kitsap County police, the boy’s father had given him the cartridge earlier after the child had shown an interest in firearms. (Well, duh.) Apparently the gift did not also include a stern warning about how he shouldn’t use it to shoot his mother.
Which just proves God doesn’t exist. If there were a God the kid would’ve shot the Dad instead for being dumb enough to give a 4-year-old a shotgun shell and easy access to the weapon.
A 22 year-old Jacksonville, Florida mother is facing second degree murder charges for killing her 3-month-old son. Seems his endless crying was interfering with her mad crop growing skillz in FarmVille and her creative solution was to shake the living shit out him:
Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website.
Tobias entered her plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison.
[…] Tobias told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again. She said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking.
Now I’m a fairly hardcore gamer myself — though you won’t catch me dead playing FarmVille — and I can understand the frustration of having an intense session being interrupted — though again I can’t imagine FarmVille being all that intense — but I can’t begin to imagine how anyone would consider this an appropriate response. At the very least it shows a seriously twisted set of priorities on Tobias’ part.
It sounds like this lady has deeper issues than just an overwhelming addiction to a crappy Facebook game, though that’s not what the media will focus on. Here we have someone who’s “addicted” to both Facebook and video games showing how two evil things become even worse when combined! The real tragedy here is that a young baby boy had to die for his mother’s problems to come to light.
If she’s lucky she’ll get the help she needs while she’s in prison, but it’s a huge price to pay for not seeking help sooner.