As 2010 winds to a close, I am reflecting on the changes to this website. I moved to this blog in March during the thick of the Schatz story. Over the months I found more and more time passing between posts and started filling that time with posts about other controlling groups such as the Patriarchy Movement as well as helpful posts about Gentle Discipline. I am very thankful to God for how He has been using this blog. I wish my readers many blessings in 2011.
And now, The Paradise Post has released its Top 10 news stories of 2010 and the Schatz Abuse Story was number one. I post an excerpt from their story here for permanence:
Schatz, Smith lead top 10 newsPosted: 12/30/2010 01:00:00 AM PST
Once again the Post staff voted on the Top 10 stories of the Year. This year, the top story is the Schatz family abuse case.
1. Parents arrested in child abuse case
The ugliness of humanity reared its head in Paradise this year when two local parents allegedly beat their adopted daughter to death for mispronouncing a word.
Lydia Schatz, 7, died in February and her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, are accused of killing her by using controversial disciplinary methods outlined in a religious training book, “To Train Up A Child,” by Michael and Debi Pearl, founders of the No Greater Joy Ministry.
In the aforementioned book, the Pearls recommend using a rubber quarter-inch plumbing supply line for disciplining a child. Elizabeth called emergency crews on Feb. 6 to report that Lydia was not breathing.
A storm prevented the girl from being airlifted to the hospital by the LifeFlight helicopter. Lydia was being rushed by ambulance to Chico Municipal Airport, but died en route. The autopsy of Lydia shows that the girl died of Rhabdomyolysis, a rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle due to injury to muscle tissue.
Lydia’s 11-year-old sister was also discovered with injuries and sustained kidney failure. She was not originally expected to survive, but made a full recovery after treatment at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
The Schatzes have six biological children and adopted Lydia, the 11-year-old, and a 3 month-old from the Republic of Libera in Africa.
Police said all the children made statements affirming being disciplined by rubber tubing found in the Schatz home.
The parents were charged with murder and torture, each facing life in prison. Kevin and Elizabeth retained separate lawyers and pled not guilty to the crimes.
The case has not been resolved. The Schatzes are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28, 2011 for a jury trial.