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Judge keeps charges that Pa. couple underfed kids



Published: Thu, August 15, 2013 @ 4:35 p.m.

KANE, Pa. (AP) — A judge refused to dismiss endangerment charges against a northwestern Pennsylvania pastor and his wife accused of underfeeding their three adopted children.

The Bradford Era reports Senior Common Pleas Judge John Cleland issued his ruling, without explanation, on Wednesday.

Forty-three-year-old Mark Hooper and 40-year-old Susan Hooper, of Mount Jewett, had asked that an earlier decision ordering them to stand trial be reversed.

The charges involving the children, who range in age from 9 to 11, grew out of a Pennsylvania State Police investigation that began when the youngest child ran away from home earlier this year.

The children have testified they were punished by having meals withheld, but the couple claimed there wasn’t enough evidence to support prosecutors’ claims that the children’s small stature was due to underfeeding.

Judge Cleland scheduled their trial for Jan. 6.


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1JS(555 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

To starve the children is henious! Susan Hooper looks like she should have missed a few meals and had fed the children a lions share of her portion.

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