Pastor charged again for not reporting dying granddaughter

AP News
Posted: May 01, 2017 3:46 PM

READING, Pa. (AP) — 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.