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Sick juror prompts restart of deliberations in Foster case

Couple charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

READING, Pa. - It was back to the drawing board Friday for jurors who must decide the fate of parents charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of their daughter.

One of the original jurors reported being sick Friday morning, prompting the judge to replace that juror with an alternate and instruct the panel to start over with its deliberations.

The jury, which began its original deliberations Thursday afternoon, was instructed to discard all previous discussion about the case.

Jonathan and Grace Foster are charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly failing to seek medical treatment for their 2-year-old daughter, Ella Grace, before she died of pneumonia in 2016.

The Fosters said they belong to a church that believes in the power of prayer over medicine.

Authorities said they only learned of the child's death after the couple contacted a funeral home to arrange for their daughter's burial.


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