Pastor Starved His Daughter (9) Over Homework 2

The nine-year-old daughter of Mark Hooper (42), the pastor of Cob Street Baptist Church in Johnsonburg, PA, should weigh approximately what other girls her age do: around 65 pounds. But the pastor and his wife, Susan, allegedly didn’t let the girl eat

…until she correctly finished her math homework while being homeschooled.

So instead of being anywhere close to the 65-pound mark,

Police say the girl weighed only 31 pounds … and has the bone structure of a 5-year-old.

Mark and Susan Hooper have been charged with child endangerment and will have to appear in court next month.


At least their daughter is still alive. Javon Thompson isn’t so lucky. In a case that made headlines three years ago, his mother, Ria Ramkissoon, refused to let the 16-month-old boy eat or drink because he didn’t say “Amen” — which, egged on by other believers in the house, she took as evidence that he was “possessed by an evil spirit.”

The boy died.

Could it possibly get any worse? Why, yes, actually:

For weeks afterward, Ramkissoon spent much of her time in a room with her son’s emaciated body — talking to him, dancing, even giving him water. She thought she could bring him back. … His body was hidden in a suitcase for more than a year and has since been buried. But even now, she maintains her faith in his resurrection.

Unbelievably, when the case went to trial, Ramkissoon got off with time served (20 months) plus probation, and was made to attend a residential-treatment facility for young women, where

…the treatment program includes Bible study.

2 thoughts on “Pastor Starved His Daughter (9) Over Homework

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  2. Turandot Apr 1,2013 7:12 pm

    From her appearance in the photo, the pastor’s wife was starving the child so she could eat all the child’s food.

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