It’s another case of religious parents killing their kids, but this time, it’s not because they denied them medical care.
No, in this case, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz just whipped their 7-year-old child Lydia to death.
Police found a 15″ length of rubber tubing in the Schatz’s home which the children say was used to discipline them; sometimes for “hours” at a time. According to the district attorney, Lydia and Zariah sustained deep bruising and multiple “whip-like” marks on their back, buttocks and legs. This, Ramsey said, is believed to have resulted in significant muscle tissue breakdown that impaired their kidneys and possibly other vital organs.
What horrible thing did Lydia do that invoked this tragedy?
Lydia’s 11-year-old sister Zariah is the lucky one.
[County District Attorney Mike] Ramsey said the evidence suggests the girl who died was being disciplined “for hours” last Friday in the parent’s bedroom for mispronouncing a word during a home-school reading lesson.
She was only “tortured” and remains in critical condition.
The Schatz’s neighbors described them as “deeply religious” — as if that were a good thing.
When all the faith-healing parents killed their children, they had defenders who said they supported the family for leaving the care of the child to God.
I’d love to know how any Christian could defend this couple.
Interestingly enough, nowhere in this article is the Schatz’s religion mentioned. That seems like a very glaring omission to me.
(via LA Atheism Examiner)