3 charged with helping 
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Three men have been jailed on felony charges after police said they helped five children escape from a Westmoreland County foster home Wednesday.

Joseph William Sickler, 41, of Pittsburgh, Erik Sean-Michael Spaziani, 18, of Charleroi, and Jacques Johns Jr., 18, of Uniontown, were arraigned Thursday on five counts each of interfering with the custody of a child, conspiracy and concealing the whereabouts of a child.

State police Trooper Stefani Plume said five girls — ages 1, 7, 11, 12 and 17 — got into a vehicle about 1:30 a.m. with the men, who at least one of the girls knows. The infant is the daughter of the 17-year-old, the trooper said.

The girls had “willingly made arrangements” for the men to pick them up at their new foster home in Latrobe, Trooper Plume said. The girls are in Washington County Children and Youth Services custody but were placed in the Westmoreland County foster home.



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