Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Forever Family" Spanks Adopted Daughter to Death

In Feb, 2010, following the fundamentalist book "To Train up a Child," Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz believed God to spare the rod, you spoil the child. The killed seven-year-old Lydia and caused seriously harmed 11-year-old Zaraiah. The eight surviving children have been removed. 

The book teaches you can train your child just as you train a horse. And punishment must cause pain!

Lydia was beaten to death with a plumbing supply line, which is recommended by Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries, the author of the above-named book.

Lydia was beaten for seven consecutive hours on the day she died.  She died of rhabdomyolsis, a condition related to kidney and heart failure from toxins released when muscle tissue breaks down. Lydia’s muscles broke down as a result of repeated beatings over time, though her death was proceeded by an especially long “discipline” session. Lydia had mispronounced a word.

Zaraiah asked the Schatz's in court why they adopted, if it was just to murder them?

Lydia is remembered as a vivacious little girl, adopted from Liberia. People who knew her say she had the most heart-warming smile. She was one of three children the Schatz's adopted from Liberia.
“Select your instrument according to the child’s size,” writes Tennessee pastor Michael Pearl in his Christian parenting book called “To Train Up a Child“, a book available for sale on amazon.com.

“For the under one year old, a little, ten to twelve-inch long, willowy branch (stripped of any knots that might break the skin) about one-eighth inch diameter is sufficient. Sometimes alternatives have to be sought. A one-foot ruler, or its equivalent in a paddle, is a sufficient alternative.”

I cannot find any current status on the Schatz's court case.

SUGGESTION: Go to Amazon and write a review of the book hey followed that advocates these horrendous beatings: To Train up a Child. 

You can also ask Michael Pearl a question here.  I asked what his educational background is either as a biblical scholar or a child rearing professional since I tried to find that information unsuccessfully online.


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Panic Attacks said...

This is a shocking report. It is a fact that there are many who believe that this kind of punishment is effective. Yet, from what I know, is that there is no religious belief that endorse killing of a person or child, especially if it a very minor misdemeanor.

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