Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz adopted three kids from an orphanage in Liberia to live with their other six kids in a remote area outside Sacramento. As it turns out, the children might have been better off remaining in that lawless African shithole…
The Schatz’s homeschooled their nine children and grew their own food. Which would all be well and good if they weren’t also followers of nutbag Tennessee evangelist Michael Pearl. His schtick is to teach parents to beat their children so they become more obedient to God and family.
Apparently their 7-year-old daughter Lydia was struggling with one of her homeschool lessons and she mispronounced a word. That might be expected since the girl’s formative years were spent in Liberia. But the Schatz’s decided that God wanted her beaten. So they did.
Police say Elizabeth held the girl down while Kevin beat her on the back with a plastic tube for hours. The torture caused mas
sive tissue damage.
When Lydia stopped breathing, Elizabeth called 911. Medical workers resuscitated her at a nearby hospital. But Lydia died later Saturday morning.
Police also found that another 11-year-old adopted girl had been beaten for lying and supposedly being a bad influence on Lydia. She is now in critical condition at a Sacramento hospital suffering from kidney failure due to her injuries.
Detectives found a 15-inch piece of tubing believed to have been used in the beatings. Both parents have been charged with murder. …
via Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, Religious Nuts, Beat Daughter, 7, to Death for Mispronouncing Word – True Crime Report.
The above was written two years ago By Pete Kotz on Monday, February 22, 2010. CNN had the story after they were sent to prison. This follow up is from August 16, 2011:
A California couple is behind bars after pleading guilty to torturing and murdering their seven-year-old adopted daughter.
According to CNN, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, California beat seven-year-old Lydia Schatz to death because they believe “God” wanted them to. The couple beat Lydia for seven consecutive hours, with breaks for prayer, on the day she died. When police arrived at the Schatz residence, Lydia was still alive. An officer administered CPR, but it was too late.
The marathon torture session was allegedly sparked by the mispronunciation of a word during the Liberian-born child’s homeschool lesson.
“We have heard the phrase ‘death by a thousand lashes,” Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey told CNN. “That’s basically what this was.”
Lydia was beaten with, among other things, a 15″ plumbing supply tube, called a “biblical rod” by the Schatzes.
The Schatzes didn’t only beat little Lydia; all nine of their children were victims of regular torture. Eleven-year-old Zariah was beaten so severely that she almost died too; all eight surviving children were placed in foster homes when Kevin and Elizabeth were arrested.
The couple was apparently heavily influenced by a Christian child-rearing book titled To Train Up a Child by Michael and Debi Pearl of Tennessee-based No Greater Joy Ministries.
Ramsey told CNN that there is “no doubt” the book influenced the Schatzes.
CNN interviewed the book’s authors at their Tennessee home. “If you spare the rod, you hate your child,” Michael Pearl explained, “but if you love him, you chasten him timely.” “God would not have commanded parents to use the rod if it were not good for the child,” the book states.
Kevin Schatz, who pleaded guilty to torture and murder, will face at least 22 years behind bars. His wife will be locked up for at least 12. At Kevin’s trial, 11-year-old Zariah courageously faced her tormenter and asked him: “Why did you adopt her (Lydia)? To kill her?”
The child abuse manual “To Train Up A Child” has about the same number of positive as negative reviews on Amazon years after it inspired Lydia’s torture and murder by her parents.
There have been many children, not just one, tortured and at least three killed by their parents as a result of this book.
Amazon Comment: There are several news reports of parents who have beat their children to death, and this book was found in the home. Not one or two but several. So how many more innocent children need to be beat or worse yet killed, before you make enough money off this Amazon.com.
Wikipedia: The content of Pearl’s book has been cited as advocating child abuse …
Hana Grace-Rose Williams came to Washington state from Ethiopia in 2008 with ringworm, cold sores, parasites and hepatitis B. But none of those things killed her.
Instead, Skagit County authorities say, 13-year-old Hana died because her adoptive parents chronically starved her, abused her and left her outside on a cold May night with inadequate clothing.
On Thursday, more than four months after her death from hypothermia, Carri and Larry Williams, of Sedro-Woolley, were arrested and charged with homicide by abuse in connection with the death of their adopted daughter. They remained in the Skagit County Jail Thursday night on bail of $500,000 each. …
One person told investigators the couple had a book called, “To Train Up A Child,” which teaches parents to switch their children with a plastic tube, starting at the age of 1. It also advocates putting children in cold-water baths for toilet training or putting them outside in cold weather, having them miss meals and sleep on the floor as punishment, the affidavit says.
The book, written by Michael and Debbie Pearl, is offered on Amazon.com for $7.95 but receives many negative reviews, such as, “I can’t believe Amazon.com is allowing this book to be sold on their website. It encourages child abuse! This book teaches parents to treat their children worse than dogs!”
Here’s a third:
A few years ago, Lynn Paddock sought Christian advice on how to discipline her growing brood of adopted children.
March 16, 2006 I North Carolina I A Johnston County mother accused of murdering Sean, her 4-year-old adopted son, and beating two other
adopted children — surfed the Internet, said her attorney, Michael Reece. She found literature by an evangelical minister and his wife who recommended using plumbing supply lines to spank misbehaving children.
Paddock ordered Michael and Debi Pearl’s books and started spanking her adopted children as suggested. After Sean, the youngest of Paddock’s six adopted children, died last month, his older sister and brother told investigators about Paddock’s spankings.
The Pearls’ advice from their Web site: A swift whack with the plastic tubing would sting but not bruise. Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers. Save hands for nurturing, not disciplining. Heed the warning, taken from Proverbs in the Old Testament, that sparing the rod will spoil the child.
Paddock and other moms in her rural Baptist church chatted about the Pearls’ strategies for rearing obedient children, Reece said.
“I think she was trying to do the right thing by her children,” he said.
Paddock, 45, faces a possible lifetime behind bars or execution if convicted of causing Sean’s death.
Paddock seems to have carefully followed the Pearls’ teachings. Investigators found 2-foot lengths of plumbing supply line in several rooms of her remote farmhouse.
The Pearls offer shopping advice on their Web site, http://www.nogreaterjoy.org: “You can buy them for under $1.00 at Home Depot or any hardware store. They come cheaper by the dozen and can be widely distributed in every room and vehicle. Just the high profile of their accessibility will keep the kids in line.” …
There is a movement to get Amazon to remove this and similar books:
Currently there are several books available to buy on Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) that advocate, endorse and advise on parenting methods that involve the physical abuse of children. Examples of titles include To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl; Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp; and Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman.
Such books, and others like them, promote behaviour which is abusive of children. All of the above books advocate the use of a rod and other implements on children under one.
Such behaviour is abusive to children, and it is also ‘offensive’, which is contrary to Amazon’s Content Guidelines.
It may well also be illegal, as it seems to go far beyond the ‘reasonable chastisement’ currently sanctioned by law in the UK, (where this petition originated) and in many US States. Not only is beating on a regular basis with a rod likely to leave a mark, which is illegal in the UK, it is also likely to amount to inhuman or degrading treatment, which is a breach of human rights.
We wish Amazon to urgently review their decision to stock any book or other product which advises the physical abuse of children.
To read more go to: http://mamamule.blogspot.com/2011/08/amazon-we-find-child-abuse-offensive.html
Beating your child does not produce a well-adjusted disciplined adult. It produces an adult who is deeply psychologically damaged and is very likely to abuse others.