BERNVILLE, Pa. (AP) – The leader of a Pennsylvania church that rejects modern medicine won’t stand trial on a charge that he failed to report suspected abuse when his granddaughter died of pneumonia.
A judge on Wednesday says there’s not enough evidence to support allegations that 72-year-old Rev. Rowland Foster broke state law by not alerting authorities when 2-year-old Ella Foster died at home in November.
Foster is pastor of a Faith Tabernacle Congregation that instructs members to avoid treatment by physicians and the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Police say the girl almost certainly would have survived had she been given a simple course of antibiotics.
Ella Foster’s parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter and await trial.
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