Endangerment trial ordered for NW Pa. pastor, wife

KANE, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania pastor and his wife have been ordered to stand trial on charges that they endangered their three children by not feeding them enough.

The Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/17jmM8Q ) says a district judge on Wednesday found sufficient evidence to send the case against 43-year-old Mark Hooper and 40-year-old Susan Hooper of Mount Jewett to McKean County Court for trial.

They are charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children in connection with their adopted children, who range in age from 9 to 11 years old.

Police said last month they investigated and filed charges after the youngest child ran away from home.

The children testified Wednesday that they were punished by having meals withheld and by spankings with a paddle or a belt.

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Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com

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