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Title: 2-year-old dies after 'faith' stops couple from seeking medical care
Source: PennLive
URL Source: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/0 ... tml#incart_most-commented_news
Published: Feb 1, 2017
Author: Eric Veronikis
Post Date: 2017-02-01 20:34:06 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 1498
Comments: 7

A Berks County couple who told police their faith forbids them from seeking medical treatment has been charged in the recent death of their 2-year-old daughter, according to an Associated Press report

Jonathan and Grace Foster of Upper Tulpehocken Township were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the Nov. 8 pneumonia death of their daughter, Ella Grace, becoming the latest members of their sect charged for not taking a dying child to a doctor, the report said. 

The Fosters, members of Mechanicsburg-based Faith Tabernacle church, attributed the toddler's death to "God's will," according to charges filed in the case. 

The Fosters, who have six other young children, were released on unsecured bail, the report said. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said the couple has agreed to take their children to doctors when they are sick. Child welfare officials are monitoring the family. 

The Fosters told police their church does not believe in any medical treatment whatsoever, charging documents state. 

At least 10 children whose parents belong to various branches of the same fundamentalist sect have died of treatable illnesses across Pennsylvania during the last few decades, the report said. Several other church members have been prosecuted for failing to seek medical attention. 

The Fosters told police that Ella started to show symptoms of a common cold two days before she died, including lethargy and a sore throat. Her breathing eventually became labored, then rapid, and she died in her father's arms, court documents state. 

Ella would have had a 95 percent chance of survival had she been treated with a routine course of antibiotics, a forensic pathologist told police. However, Jonathan Foster told investigators "it would be frowned upon and against their religion" to have taken Ella to a doctor, charging documents state. 

State law does not recognize religion as an exemption for parents to provide appropriate medical care to children, Adas said. He said other members of the congregation would face criminal charges if they also fail to seek medical attention for their sick children.

"I hope that the members of this church understand that authorities, such as our office, will not tolerate children not receiving medical care," he said.

The repot said about 12 children die each year in the U.S. when parents turn to faith healing instead of medicine. The children normally die from treatable illnesses, according to the report. 

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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

I do not think God approves of not seeking medical care !!! Those people are NUTS !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."Theodore Roosevelt-1907.

I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." -- General Douglas MacArthur

Stoner  posted on  2017-02-01   20:44:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Willie Green, Stoner (#0)

The repot said about 12 children die each year in the U.S. when parents turn to faith healing instead of medicine. The children normally die from treatable illnesses, according to the report.

12 Children a year? Demoncraps murder millions of children each year and they are proud of it!

I do not understand where in the bible it says you can not accept medical help. Reminds of people who do not want to use modern tools because its bad for the world or religious reason when any tool even old tools are modern for their day!

Justified  posted on  2017-02-01   20:58:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Willie Green, quacks, frauds, thugs, false god of the state (#0) (Edited)

This video reveals the officials amazing ignorance of Religion, Medicine, and the Law.

The child was treated by anointment with oils, and prayer by the pastor, according to the parents wishes.

The state has no business trying to force them to pump their child full of antibiotics, vaccines, or other mandatory "treatments", even if it may have preserved the child in a semi-comatose state for decades.

The child is NOT a posession of the State, or a slave to the D&R vaccinated, dumbed-down party! The family has an God given right to refuse mandated State "medicine" if they so wish.

The D&R Party is a suicide cult!

Hondo68  posted on  2017-02-01   21:32:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Stoner (#1) (Edited)

Those who believe in a mythical God for anything are headed for deep shit. There is no God that interposes into human affairs.

rlk  posted on  2017-02-01   21:41:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Willie Green (#0)

[Article] The repot said about 12 children die each year in the U.S. when parents turn to faith healing instead of medicine. The children normally die from treatable illnesses, according to the report.

The number who die from adverse reactions to medications is probably higher than a dozen.

nolu chan  posted on  2017-02-01   22:42:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: hondo68 (#3)

I totally agree, although I would get my children modern medical care. No vaccines though, and home schooled.

Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2017-02-02   1:52:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: hondo68 (#3)

The state has no business trying to force them to pump their child full of antibiotics, vaccines, or other mandatory "treatments", even if it may have preserved the child in a semi-comatose state for decades.

The parents are basically being charged with having a poor sense of medical judgement. If that's all it is, there should be no case against them, assuming they acted according to what they honestly believed was best for the child. There are no guarantees in life, and certainly this includes the outcome of a visit to a medical doctor. If they did love their child, then losing that child as a result of their own actions should be punishment enough, and serve a a deterrent for other parents.

The state prosecuting this case sets the precedent that medical opinions that differ from the government's medical opinions are illegal. It's not too much of a stretch to say this is a First Amendment issue.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-02-02   3:12:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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