PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A prominent local couple is accused of abusing their two adopted children.

Deputy Attorney General Douglas Barbour and his wife, Kristey Barbour, were arrested Thursday by Allegheny County Police.

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The Franklin Park couple faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and simple assault.

Sources close to the investigation tell KDKA’s Marty Griffin the couple allegedly tried to starve their 6-year-old adopted son who had to be hospitalized with malnutrition.

Sources also indicate the couple’s 18-month-old adopted daughter has five different bone fractures of varying ages.

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According to the investigation, the couple adopted the children from Ethiopia in March through a church organization.

Since that time, sources say 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.

Meantime, the attorney general’s office released a statement saying that Barbour has been suspended without pay and that they will cooperate fully with this investigation.

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