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.READ MORE: Woodland Hills HS Principal: 'Any Student Who Makes False Threats, Reports Will Be Disciplined'
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.READ MORE: Remember, Reflect At Tree Of Life: Commemorating The 11 Lives Lost 3 Years Ago In Synagogue Shooting
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.MORE NEWS: Desperate To Find More Staff, Some Fast Food Restaurants Recruiting Customers