Midstate fundamentalist pastor charged in toddler's pneumonia death

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 2, 2017 4:43 PM

(Bernville) -- The pastor of a midstate Christian fundamentalist church that shuns modern medicine has been charged with a felony in his toddler granddaughter's death from pneumonia.

The Reverend Rowland Foster is a pastor in the Faith Tabernacle Congregation sect in Berks County. He was charged Thursday with failing to report a suspected case of child abuse.

As a pastor, Foster is legally required to report those cases.

Foster's 2-year-old granddaughter, Ella, died in November after her parents failed to seek medical treatment. Authorities say Foster anointed Ella with oil in a failed attempt to heal her.

He didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on the charge.

The parents, Jonathan and Grace Foster, were charged last month with involuntary manslaughter. Police have said Jonathan Foster attributed Ella's death to ``God's will.''

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