PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A couple that pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges back in June, was sentenced Monday morning.

Kristen Barbour was sentenced to 6 to 12 months incarceration, but will be eligible for alternative housing.

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Douglas Barbour was sentenced to five years of probation.

The adoptive parents of the Ethiopian children gave emotional testimony about the lasting effects of the abuse, including the starvation of the boy and the physical problems of the girl. However, they said they are now thriving.

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Kristen Barbour told Judge Jeffrey Manning, “I have always sought to serve others. I am not a monster….I hope they will understand my intent and have it in their heart to forgive.”

According to the criminal complaint, inside the couple’s Franklin Park home, the children were abused and assaulted.

Investigators say the boy reported that he was once thrown to the ground, hitting his head, and punished by standing in a dark bathroom.

As part of the plea agreement, the Barbours agreed to terminate their parental rights.

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