Parents convicted in faith healing death

Mar 26, 2018

By The Associated Press

READING, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a 2-year-old Pennsylvania girl who died of pneumonia have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors said they declined to seek medical care for the child on religious grounds.

Jonathan Foster, 35, and Grace Foster, 34, also were convicted Friday in Berks County court of child endangerment in the November 2016 death of daughter Ella Grace in Upper Tulpehocken Township, The Reading Eagle reported.

The Fosters, who remain free pending sentencing in April, attributed their daughter’s death to “God’s will,” according to a police affidavit. They told authorities that Ella began showing symptoms of a common cold two days before she died, including lethargy and a sore throat, but her breathing eventually became labored, then rapid, and she died in her father’s arms.

The defendants belong to Faith Tabernacle Congregation, which instructs members to avoid doctors and pharmaceutical drugs. Medical personnel testified that the child likely would have survived had she been given treatment.

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5 comments on “Parents convicted in faith healing death

  • How dare those bastards endanger the life of their child. Their beliefs belong to them, but their child’s life is their child’s own property, and not theirs to dice with. Parents are custodians of their children not their owners.



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  • eejit #1
    Mar 26, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Their beliefs belong to them, but their child’s life is their child’s own property, and not theirs to dice with.

    I think this spells out the danger of the philosophy which claims that people are “entitled to believe whatever they like”, regardless of evidence and facts!

    Sooner or later the destructively delusional, are going to act on their dangerous beliefs, and that is almost certain to affect other people!



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  • Alan #2 I agree Alan – but the whole sorry question also relates to the strange American obsession with the absolute rights of property. Children are a gift of God to their parents, and therefore the parents’ inalienable property, with which the Government has no business interfering. The state has no duty to protect a its juvenile citizens. Much like slavery really!



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  • eejit #3
    Mar 27, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Children are a gift of God to their parents, and therefore the parents’ inalienable property, with which the Government has no business interfering.

    Strangely the same god-deluded, who would deny the right of governments to intervene on behalf the interests of child citizens, have no qualms about religious organisations interfering with individual or family medical decisions – either directly, or via sheeple stooge politicians, sheeples in public professional employment, or sheeple social busy-bodies!



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  • The words “faith” and “healing” should never be used together and the AMA should push for
    some legislation to prohibit the word “healing” in their propaganda.



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