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Ex-prosecutor, wife plead in adoption abuse case

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2014 1:23 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A former state prosecutor and his wife have pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of two adopted Ethiopian children after child welfare officials say the boy had been underfed and the girl physically abused.

Thirty-four-year-old Douglas Barbour, who resigned from the attorney general's office last year, plead to misdemeanor counts and will receive some sort of probation when he's sentenced in a few months. His wife, 32-year-old Kristen Barbour, pleaded guilty to felony counts of the same charge, and could face jail time, though her attorney will argue she deserves probation, too.

The Franklin Park couple was charged in October 2012 when the boy was 6 and found to be malnourished, and the girl was 18 months old and found to have several healing fractures.

Defense attorneys say the couple was "overwhelmed'' by the children's needs.

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