US couple sentenced for abusing Ethiopian kids

2014-09-16 19:34


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Pittsburgh - A former Pennsylvania prosecutor and his wife have been sentenced for endangering the welfare of two adopted Ethiopian children after child welfare officials found the boy had been underfed and the girl physically abused.

Thirty-five-year-old Douglas Barbour, who resigned from the attorney general's office last year, pleaded to misdemeanour counts in June and was sentenced to five years' probation on Monday. Thirty-two-year-old Kristen Barbour, who was the children's primary caretaker, will serve six to 12 months in alternative housing followed by four years' probation.

The couple was charged in October 2012, when the boy was 6 and found to be malnourished, and the girl was 18 months old and had multiple head fractures in various stages of healing.

The children have since been adopted by another couple who testified on Monday that both are thriving.

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