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Midstate pastor charged again for not reporting dying granddaughter

Written by The Associated Press | May 2, 2017 1:07 AM
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This Feb. 3, 2017, photo shows the Faith Tabernacle Congregation in Mechanicsburg. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

(Reading) -- A midstate pastor who rejects modern medicine again faces a criminal charge related to his granddaughter's death from pneumonia less than two weeks after the prosecution was thrown out.

Berks County prosecutors say a charge was refiled against 72-year-old Rowland Foster based on a belief a judge made a legal mistake in dismissing the case.

Foster's Faith Tabernacle Congregation in Mechanicsburg is part of a fundamentalist Christian sect that instructs members to avoid doctors and pharmaceutical drugs.

Foster is accused of failing to properly report suspected abuse. His 2-year-old granddaughter died in November from what a forensic pathologist says was a highly treatable case of pneumonia.

Foster's lawyer says he expected the decision but calls it disappointing.

The girl's parents await trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

The grandfather's case could be assigned to another judge for the May 10 preliminary hearing.

An earlier story appears below.

(Reading) -- The pastor of a church that rejects modern medicine again faces a criminal charge related to his granddaughter's death from pneumonia, less than two weeks after the prosecution was thrown out.

Berks County prosecutor Jonathan Kurland said Monday that a charge was refiled against 72-year-old Rowland Foster based on a belief the district judge made a legal mistake in dismissing the case last month.

Foster is accused of failing to properly report suspected abuse.

His 2-year-old granddaughter died in November from what a forensic pathologist says was a highly treatable case of pneumonia.

Rowland Foster's lawyer didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

The girl's parents await trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

The grandfather's case could be assigned to another judge for the May 10 preliminary hearing.

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