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