Adopted African girl died after being subjected to a â€œfaith-basedâ€ beating
A SEVEN-year-old African girl, adopted by a pair of fundamentalist Christian loons in the US, died after receiving a “Bible-based” beating. Her 11-year-old sister, who was also severely assaulted, remains in a critical condition at a Sacramento children’s hospital.
The two girls, Lydia, and her surviving sister Zariah, were adopted from an African orphanage in Liberia about three years ago – along with an infant girl, now 3 – by Kevin Schatz, 46, and Elizabeth Schatz, 42, from Paradise, California.
Last Thursday, a judge granted a two-week postponement to allow the Schatzes to enter a plea to murder and torture charges that could carry two life terms in prison.
The father’s attorney, Michael Harvey, declined to comment regarding the specific allegations against the couple until he has a chance to review the evidence.
All I can say is the family is shocked; they are grieving the loss of their daughter and (ask) that people of faith will pray for everybody involved.
The Schatzes were arrested after Lydia stopped breathing. She was subsequently pronounced dead.
Prosecutors allege the two victims were subjected to “hours” of corporal punishment by their parents on successive days last Thursday and Friday with a quarter-inch-wide, 15-inch length of rubber or plastic tubing, which police reportedly recovered from the parents’ bedroom.
Police allege that the younger girl was being disciplined for mis-pronouncing a word during a home-school reading lesson the day before she died.
The two young girls reportedly sustained deep bruising and multiple “whip-like” marks on their back, buttocks and legs, which authorities believe resulted in significant muscle tissue breakdown that impaired their kidneys and possibly other vital organs, said Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.
He said investigators are researching a possible connection to an Internet Web site set up by “fundamentalist Christian people” that recommends use of the same whip-like implement:
As an appropriate tool for biblical chastisement … to train a child from infancy to make them a happier child and more obedient to God because they are obedient to the will of their parents.
The district attorney said some of the Schatzes’ six biological children, who were removed from the family home for their protection following the parents’ arrest, have made statements suggesting the couple shared this philosophy.
The other children in the home said the same rubber or plastic tube was used on all of them “as a standard method of discipline, but certainly not to the extent of these two girls,” Ramsey added.
The website in question is not noted in the article. But Secular News Daily did a little hunting, and believes the couple may have been influenced by Tennessee evangelist Michael Pearl, a “paranoid fundamentalist Christian whack job” and co-author of a book entitled To Train Up a Child. In it he writes:
If you want a child who will integrate into the New World Order and wait his turn in line for condoms, a government funded abortion, sexually transmitted disease treatment, psychological evaluation and a mark on the forehead, then follow the popular guidelines in education, entertainment and discipline, but if you want a son or daughter of God, you will have to do it God’s way.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn