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 Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz

Saturday June 11, 2011
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzRNB's Religion News Blog:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, the Paradise, California couple who were arrested in February 2010 in the beating death of one child and the severe beating of another, were sentenced to prison this morning.

Wednesday April 27, 2011
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzRNB's Religion News Blog:
Elizabeth and Kevin Schatz were expected to go to trial Monday in Butte County Superior Court for the Feb. 4 and 5, 2010, beating of adopted daughters Lydia Schatz, 7, and her then 11-year-old sister. Lydia died of her injuries; the older girl required hospitalization but recovered.

Both have now pleaded guilty.

Saturday February 19, 2011
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzRNB's Religion News Blog:
Attorneys again asked a judge Thursday to postpone the trial of a Paradise couple for allegedly whipping their 7-year-old adopted daughter to death.

Monday October 25, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A judge Thursday continued a trial against a Paradise couple for the alleged murder and torture of their adopted child, so attorneys can read the more than 6,000 pages of evidence, with more coming.

The pair allegedly caused the death of their 7-year-old adopted daughter and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate “biblical chastisements” with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.

Friday June 25, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A Paradise couple are scheduled to stand trial in November on murder and torture charges involving two adopted children.

They are accused of causing the death of a 7-year-old adopted girl and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate “biblical chastisements” with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.

Wednesday May 26, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz According to authorities, she was beaten for several hours with a quarter-inch plumbing supply line as her parents took turns holding her down and using the instrument. The blows reportedly cause Rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissue which fatally damaged her vital organs.

According to local authorities, Lydia’s “biblical chastisement” leading to her death may have been for mispronouncing a word during a home-school reading lesson.

Monday April 19, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A preliminary hearing has been set for May 25 to determine if there is enough evidence to try Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz for the alleged murder and torture of two adopted children.

Authorities allege the couple used a quarter-inch plumber’s supply line during a “biblical chastisement” that went too far, resulting in medical complications that caused the death Feb. 5 of 7-year-old Lydia Schatz and left her sister, Zariah, 11, hospitalized with serious injuries.

Friday March 19, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A couple accused of fatally beating their adopted 7 year old daughter entered pleas of not guilty to murder charges.

Prosecutors say the Schatz repeatedly hit their children with plastic tubing as a form of punishment.

Thursday February 25, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Because the wife has retained new counsel, a Paradise couple charged with the murder of one adopted daughter and torture of her sister, did not enter pleas to the charges in court Thursday.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have disclosed that a book by a Tennessee-based fundamentalist Christian ministry, espousing “biblical chastisement” with the same quarter-inch plumber’s supply line alleged to have been used in the ridge beatings, was found in the Paradise home of Kevin Schatz, 46, and Elizabeth Schatz, 42.

Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are expected to enter a plea today. They are accused of killing Lydia Schatz and severely beating their 11-year-old adopted daughter, Zariah Schatz.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he has a direct connection between the Schatz case and No Greater Joy Ministry, a fundamentalist religious organization founded by Michael and Debi Pearl.

Thursday February 18, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Police found, on the Schatzes’ bed, a 15-inch section of PVC tube, a quarter-inch thick. They believe it to be the murder weapon, as both Lydia and Zariah had “whip-like” marks that matched the length and width of the pipe. It lay beside a children’s book.

The PVC tube may seem like a strange punishment tool, but for those familiar with the teachings of Christian fundamentalists and authors Michael and Debi Pearl, it is nothing new.

Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Ridge parents Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are charged with murder and torture following the death of 7-year-old Lydia Schatz and the hospitalization of 11-year-old Zariah Schatz.

Both girls were allegedly whipped by the their adoptive parents with a quarter-inch plumbing supply line – the instrument suggested by Michael and Debi Pearl, founders of No Greater Joy Ministries and authors of the controversial religious parenting book “How to Train Up a Child.”

Friday February 12, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A fundamentalist religious philosophy that espouses corporal punishment to “train” children to be more obedient to their parents and God is now being investigated in connection with the death of a young Paradise girl and serious injuries to her sister.

Ramsey said he is also exploring a possible connection to a Web site that endorses “biblical discipline” using the same rubber or plastic tube alleged to have been used to whip the two young ridge girls by their adoptive parents.

Wednesday February 10, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A Paradise couple Tuesday were charged with the murder of their 7-year-old adopted daughter during a discipline session at the family home last Friday.

They were also charged with the “torture” the previous day of her 11-year-old sister, who remains in critical condition at a Sacramento hospital.

Tuesday February 9, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz As officials continue to investigate Saturday’s death of a 7-year-old Paradise girl and the subsequent arrest of the child’s adoptive parents, neighbors say the family was well-behaved and oddly secluded behind fences and overgrown bushes that hid the family’s Crestwood Drive home.

The family was very religious, antisocial and overall odd, [neighbor Donna] Knotts said

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