Updates on the Lydia Schatz story

This was a background article written after the 2006 death of an adopted 4 year old boy whose mother turned to the parenting material of Debi and Michael Pearl for inspiration.

Parenting Guru is revered, reviled

Two updates for those who are following the horrific story of the recent death of Lydia Schatz at the hands of her parents.

The autopsy

The coroner’s report shows Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz’s 7 year old daughter died from Rhabdomyolsis.

The condition is a rapid breakdown of muscle tissue that releases by-products into the bloodstream, damaging the kidneys.

The parents have plead ‘not guilty’.

About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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2 Responses to Updates on the Lydia Schatz story

  1. Linda B says:

    Michael Pearl has answered his critics yet again. He’s taking aim at those who have called him a heretic. The entirety of his screed has been posted by someone on my Facebook friends list. If you are interested, I have copy/pasted it to an .rtf file. Please email me if you are; I can’t find your email to send it to you.

  2. Linda B says:

    Well, turns out the article was from 2007, and is still extant at the NGJ site. The issues of the Pearls’ theology were commented on back in 2005, and he responded two years later.

    Here is the rebuttal to his “answer”:

    I apologize for assuming this was a recent development.

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