How Could You? Hall of Shame-Pastor Mark Allen Hooper and Susan Aileen Hooper UPDATED
This will be an archive of heinous actions by those involved in child welfare, foster care and adoption. We forewarn you that these are deeply disturbing stories that may involve sex abuse, murder, kidnapping and other horrendous actions.
From Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, adoptive parents Pastor Mark Allen Hooper of Cobb Street Baptist Church, 42, and his wife Susan Aileen Hooper, 40, have been charged with endangering the welfare of children, a third degree felony, in the starvation of their 9-year-old adopted daughter.
The girl and her siblings were adopted by the Hoopers in 2007. The allegations of starvation are from “May 1, 2011, and Feb. 11, 2013, when the girl ran away.”
“The Hoopers allegedly withheld food from the girl, resulting in medical problems.”
“Kane-based state police Trooper Mary Gausman said the incident was brought to her attention by the McKean County Children’s Advocacy Center. When she and Children and Youth officials spoke to the child, she said Mark and Susan Hooper withheld food from her.
The girl weighed about 31 pounds.
At that point, a temporary order was granted placing the girl in the custody of CYS. The next day, a forensic interview was conducted with the girl. She spoke about her family history and daily routine.
She and her siblings were adopted by the Hoopers in 2007. They all are homeschooled by Susan Hooper and the girl said she’s not allowed to eat until she gets her math right. The girl said she also has to ask Susan Hooper to use the bathroom, and the request is denied.
The affidavit of probable cause says, “JH then wets herself” and “I get spanked and don’t get fed all day or breakfast the next day. That happened “lots of times,” the girl said. The affidavit continues, “She ran away because she ‘was tired of not getting dinner because of my math,” and is “afraid of mom.”
Following the interview, the girl was seen at Bradford Regional Medical Center and a follow-up exam was ordered with a pediatrician because of the girl’s small stature. She was seen by a pediatrician Feb. 13 and told a nurse she had never been to a doctor or had immunizations.
A physical exam showed the girl is shorter than an average 9-year-old and an abdominal ultrasound revealed an enlarged liver. She was referred to UPMC Children’s Hospital and a bone age study was also ordered.
The girl was seen at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic Feb. 21. The report from the doctor said her height and weight are significantly below the one-third percentile for her age, adding that she is as tall as a 5-year-old. She has an enlarged liver and tests showed her liver function is very elevated. She has lanugo (baby) hair, a swollen face and severe growth retardation.
The bone study revealed the girl’s bone age to be “5 years 9 months, which is very delayed for her chronological age of 9 years 3 months.” Lab work showed growth hormone deficiency is likely not the cause of her short stature. The doctor’s report concluded, “these lab results, along with JH’s significantly delayed bone age and her physical exam findings, are indicative of malnutrition.” Bail for Mark and Susan Hooper was set at $25,000, straight, and was posted Tuesday [March 19, 2013]. They are scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Engman at 1 p.m. April 8.”
[The Courier Express 3/20/13 by Katie Weidenboerner]
“[Mark Hooper] is pastor at Cobb Street Baptist Church in Johnsonburg, “an independent, fundamental Baptist church with a burden both to reach Johnsonburg and the surrounding towns as well as the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.””
[The Bradford Era 3/15/13]
You can see the church’s former website by Googling www.proverbs1130.com/Pastor/Pastor.html. The entire website is down but a picture of both of them is available in the cached version as of the time of this posting.
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Update/September 24, 2013
No other articles were found. A search of Pennsylvania court records for Mark and Susan shows that they waived arraignment.On July 8, they filed writs of habeus corpus. That was denied in August. A trial date of January 6, 2014 was set for both. The trial is expected to last one week.