Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pastor and wife from Pennsylvania arrested for starving 9-year-old girl

JOHNSONBURG, Pa —  A pastor at an Elk County church and his wife were arrested after their adopted 9-year-old daughter ran away from home claiming she was being starved.

Mount Jewett residents Mark and Susan Hooper were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children. Both were free Thursday on $25,000 bond each.

Police said the Hoopers had not been feeding the child properly since May 2011. The girl told police she wasn't allowed to eat until she got her math work done correctly.

According to court documents, the child told police she ran away from home, because, "I get spanked and don't get fed all day or breakfast the next day...this happens lots of times."

The 9-year-old further said, "I was tired of not getting dinner because of my math..." She would tell police she's "afraid of mom."

Police said she also ran away from home last month and weighed only 31 pounds, which is significantly below the percentile for her age. Police said that because of the 9-year-old's lack of eating, she experienced several growth defects. Further exams showed that her bone structure was similar to a 5-year-old child.

Neighbors who live on Anderson Street in Mount Jewett said they have had concerns about the children. Some neighbors even took time to cook dinner for them, telling 6 News that the children were fed, but it was clearly not enough.

Mark Hooper is a pastor at the Cobb Street Baptist Church in Johnsonburg. No one was around Wednesday evening, when a 6 News crew went there, despite a bulletin saying there was a Bible study group scheduled.

The Hoopers live in McKean County, located north of St. Mary's. Court documents show that the children were home-schooled.

6 News reached out to the Hoopers to see if they had a comment, but they said, "Have a nice day," and then shut their door.

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His said...

So Muslim, you should not be judged as a whole for the 'extremists' in your so-called faith?

Ali said...

Read the side bar.