Invisible Children

Lydia and Zariah Schatz

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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Lydia Schatz, adopted from Liberia, was seven when she succumbed to liver failure after being whipped with plastic tubing for several straight hours, interspersed with prayer breaks by her parents. Her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, said Lydia was being disciplined for mispronouncing a word. Lydia’s sister Zariah, 11, also adopted, was hospitalized with similar injuries but ultimately recovered. The Schatzes, who were devout Christians, had six biological children in addition to their three adopted children. Neighbors described the California couple as loving and devout.

Date: February 6, 2010
Location: Paradise, Califonia

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To train up a child
Paradise Homicide 2009-02-06
Paradise parents arrested in fatal child abuse 2010-02-06
Paradise parents accused of fatal child abuse 2010-02-07
New Details About Couple Accused of Killing Adopted Daughter 2010-02-08
Neighbors surprised by murder case 2010-02-09
Ridge parents arrested in child’s death 2010-02-09
Homicide, abuse probe continues: Ridge family was private, kids were well-behaved 2010-02-09
Paradise Couple Arraigned in Daughter’s Death 2010-02-09
Paradise couple face murder, torture charges in death of daughter 2010-02-10
Paradise parents face murder, torture charges 2010-02-10
DA links fundamentalist religious ‘training’ to Paradise girl’s death 2010-02-11
Ridge parents arraigned on murder 2010-02-11
DA: Deadly Child Abuse Case Linked To “Biblical Chastisement” 2010-02-12
A fine line between abuse and discipline 2010-02-18
Ramsey examines ministry connected to girl’s death 2010-02-18
Schatz girl released from hospital 2010-02-18
Child-abuse case shines light on Paradise couple 2010-02-18
DA: Parents Killed Daughter With ‘Religious Whips’ 2010-02-19
Lydia Charity Schatz (2002 – 2010) Obituary 2010-02-22
Godly discipline turned deadly 2010-02-22
Acres of Hope statement 2010-02-23
Couple in court today 2010-02-25
Beating death draws national attention 2010-02-25
Plea entry delayed in fatal beating of Paradise girl 2010-02-25
Questions about ministry grow 2010-02-26
Pretrial hearing date set in beating death 2010-04-16
Fairview case draws scrutiny from Liberian ambassador 2010-04-18
Schatz couple to be in court Thursday 2010-06-22
Trial date set in ‘chastisement’ death of girl 2010-06-25
Schatz couple to stand trial in November 2010-06-26
Trial delayed in alleged torture death of daughter 2010-10-22
Guilty pleas entered in fatal Paradise child beating 2011-04-08
Anderson Cooper 360: Interview with Michael Pearl 2011-10-26
Parents accused of killing adopted Ethiopian daughter ‘were inspired by religious discipline book 2011-10-27
Did Hana’s parents ‘train’ her to death? 2011-11-27
Norman Frederick Haard [private] 2012-06-29