County police charged Douglas Barbour, 33, and his wife Kristen Barbour, 30, of Franklin Park with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and one count each of aggravated assault. Douglas Barbour is also charged with simple assault, court documents show.
An investigation began after the children—a 1-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy—were treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, authorities said.
The couple adopted the children from Ethiopia in March. Since that time, sources tell KDKA TV the couple did not feed the 6-year-old boy for an extended period of time and that abuse was discovered by doctors at Children’s Hospital.
According to investigators, the 18-month-old girl is at the Children’s Institute right now and that she may have suffered a stroke from the five different bone fractures and the injuries, and that she may be permanently blind as a result, KDKA TV reported.
Skin lesions that doctors discovered on the 6-year-old son were likely from ongoing contact with urine, the Post Gazette reports, adding that the boy told a doctor that when he soiled his pants, his parents would make him stand or eat dinner in the bathroom.
Authorities noted his room only contained a mattress on the floor with sheets, the Post Gazette reports.
The Barbours are scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in Leetsdale District Court. Check back with Patch for more details as they become available.
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