Lydia and Zariah Schatz

8-year-old Lydia and 11-year-old Zariah (or Zacharia) were adopted from Liberia along with a infant girl by Kevin P. and Elizabeth H. Schatz in 2007. Lydia had been beaten with a 15 inch tubing for hours for misspelling a word during a home schooling sessions, and died as a result. Zacharia was taken to the hospital in critical condition due to kidney failure, among other injuries. Both parents are charged with murder. They also were charged with cruelty due to bruises on their biological 10 yr old son The Schatz's had 6 biological children.

Kevin Schatz pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 22-to-life. Elizabeth Schatz pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years.
Date: 2010-02-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes



Post placement


Paradise, California
United States
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Anderson Cooper 360: Interview with Michael Pearl2011-10-26
Guilty pleas entered in fatal Paradise child beating2011-04-08
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Schatz couple to stand trial in November2010-06-26
Trial date set in 'chastisement' death of girl2010-06-25
Schatz couple to be in court Thursday2010-06-22
Fairview case draws scrutiny from Liberian ambassador 2010-04-18
Pretrial hearing date set in beating death2010-04-16
Questions about ministry grow2010-02-26
Couple in court today2010-02-25
Beating death draws national attention2010-02-25
Plea entry delayed in fatal beating of Paradise girl2010-02-25
Acres of Hope statement2010-02-23
Godly discipline turned deadly2010-02-22
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DA: Parents Killed Daughter With 'Religious Whips'2010-02-19
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Ramsey examines ministry connected to girl's death2010-02-18
Schatz girl released from hospital2010-02-18
Child-abuse case shines light on Paradise couple2010-02-18
DA: Deadly Child Abuse Case Linked To "Biblical Chastisement"2010-02-12
Ridge parents arraigned on murder2010-02-11
DA links fundamentalist religious 'training' to Paradise girl's death2010-02-11
Paradise parents face murder, torture charges2010-02-10
Paradise couple face murder, torture charges in death of daughter2010-02-10
Ridge parents arrested in child's death2010-02-09
Homicide, abuse probe continues: Ridge family was private, kids were well-behaved2010-02-09
Paradise Couple Arraigned in Daughter's Death2010-02-09
Neighbors surprised by murder case2010-02-09
New Details About Couple Accused of Killing Adopted Daughter2010-02-08
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Paradise Homicide2009-02-06
To train up a child


Ahhh, breathe-in the bitter irony --- paradise, through the eyes of a dead adoptee.

Oh, but lets ban the gays from adopting.

That's bad for the children. Oh well, at least there's no danger of that in Paradise, CA, I suppose.

Paradise, CA = homeschooling bigot redstate CA. Why am I not surprised children get abused and murdered by their parents there.

For The Children

I tried to upload the video below but could not get it go! Here is a news peace done by Chico, CA KNVN 24 News concerning the Schatz case. There is one discrepancy, Lydia Schatz was never revived, perhaps they confused resuscitative attempts or who knows. Anyway.... Those of us who are familiar with Michael Pearls are working to get one of the major news services to do a expose on this. Chris Hansen, bless his pea pickin heart, so far has been the only one to bother to even seem interested. CBS Early Show was going to interview Michael Pearl and give him a chance to "respond to his critics, but not also interview his 'critics' because Michael Pearls would not agree to that!!!!! Thanks to outcry, thank God CBS cancelled the interview at the last minute.

Which video?

The link you added leads to the default news page of KNVN, which specific video did you mean. I am probably able to upload it.

If you wait a few moments

If you wait a few moments the video will start on it's own. It is kinda slow starting up


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