BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Wednesday, a Pennsylvania court sentenced two Upper Tulpehocken Township cult members to five years’ probation after agreeing to plead guilty to child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter charges. The couple was arrested November 2016 after failing to seek medical attention for their pneumonia-stricken daughter, who passed away as a result.
Cult Members Vowed to Provide Medical Insurance to All Six Children
Following a months-long trial, Judge Theresa Johnson sentenced Grace Foster, 34, and Jonathan Foster,35, to five years’ probation in the death of Ella Grace, their daughter. Furthermore, the Pennsylvania cult members will be spared jail as the judge noted that the consequences of their actions are punishment enough.
In November 2016, the Fosters were arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of child endangerment, as they failed to seek medical assistance for their daughter who came down with pneumonia.
Despite prosecutors demanding the maximum sentence in this case, arguing that the couple’s actions were deliberate, their attorney showed that Grace and Jonathan were members of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation, meaning that they were forbidden to use pharmaceutical drugs or being consulted by a medical specialist.
More than that, the defense proved that the couple’s beliefs are the shaping factor that ultimately led to the death of Elle Grace.
Before receiving their sentence, the Pennsylvania cult members declared before Judge Johnson that they’ve realized the error of their ways and that they will stop following the church’s teachings to the letter.
As part of the court deal, the couple was spared prison time in exchange for pleading guilty to child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter. Johnson sentenced them to five years on probation. During this time, the couple must provide medical insurances for all their children, including future ones.
The couple’s six children are still in custody. Another court session will determine if the children will be returned to the couple.
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