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Lydia and Zariah Schatz

2010 Feb 6



post placement

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.


Title Publication date
The Crazy Parenting Book That Inspired Parents To Kill Daughter (And How To Avoid Another Tragedy) 2013 Sep 11
Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement's Adoption Obsession 2013 May 1
Norman Frederick Haard [private] 2012 Jun 29
Did Hana's parents 'train' her to death? 2011 Nov 27
Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate 2011 Nov 6
Parents accused of killing adopted Ethiopian daughter 'were inspired by religious discipline book 2011 Oct 27
Anderson Cooper 360: Interview with Michael Pearl 2011 Oct 26
Guilty pleas entered in fatal Paradise child beating 2011 Apr 8
Trial delayed in alleged torture death of daughter 2010 Oct 22
Schatz couple to stand trial in November 2010 Jun 26
Trial date set in 'chastisement' death of girl 2010 Jun 25
Schatz couple to be in court Thursday 2010 Jun 22
Fairview case draws scrutiny from Liberian ambassador 2010 Apr 18
Pretrial hearing date set in beating death 2010 Apr 16
Questions about ministry grow 2010 Feb 26
Questions about ministry grow 2010 Feb 26
Beating death draws national attention 2010 Feb 25
Couple in court today 2010 Feb 25
Plea entry delayed in fatal beating of Paradise girl 2010 Feb 25
Acres of Hope statement 2010 Feb 23
Lydia Charity Schatz (2002 - 2010) Obituary 2010 Feb 22
Godly discipline turned deadly 2010 Feb 22
DA: Parents Killed Daughter With 'Religious Whips' 2010 Feb 19
Ramsey examines ministry connected to girl's death 2010 Feb 18
A fine line between abuse and discipline 2010 Feb 18
Child-abuse case shines light on Paradise couple 2010 Feb 18
Schatz girl released from hospital 2010 Feb 18
DA: Deadly Child Abuse Case Linked To "Biblical Chastisement" 2010 Feb 12
DA links fundamentalist religious 'training' to Paradise girl's death 2010 Feb 11
Ridge parents arraigned on murder 2010 Feb 11
Paradise parents face murder, torture charges 2010 Feb 10
Paradise couple face murder, torture charges in death of daughter 2010 Feb 10
Paradise Couple Arraigned in Daughter's Death 2010 Feb 9
Neighbors surprised by murder case 2010 Feb 9
Ridge parents arrested in child's death 2010 Feb 9
Homicide, abuse probe continues: Ridge family was private, kids were well-behaved 2010 Feb 9
New Details About Couple Accused of Killing Adopted Daughter 2010 Feb 8
Paradise parents accused of fatal child abuse 2010 Feb 7
Paradise parents arrested in fatal child abuse 2010 Feb 6
Paradise Homicide 2009 Feb 6