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.
Kevin Schatz spent hours beating his daughter with a plastic tube, a punishment prescribed by a Tennessee evangelist
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 massive 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.