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PHILADELPHIA (WKOW) -- A couple who prayed for their sick 2 year old rather than take him to a doctor before his pneumonia death are on trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Defense lawyers say Herbert and Catherine Schaible are being prosecuted because they are Christian fundamentalists and belong to a church that endorses faith healing.

Catherine Chaible's lawyer says prosecutors cannot prove the mother knew her son Kent was facing death when he became ill in January 2009.

The boy died 10 days later of bacterial pneumonia. Prosecutors say a doctor's visit could have saved him.

Trial began Tuesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. The Schaibles have several other children who remained in their care after their arrests.

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