Teacher, husband charged with abusing baby

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A Brentwood High School teacher and her husband have been charged with abusing their infant son, who was just 10 weeks old in June when doctors told police his broken bones and head trauma were not consistent with his parents' explanations.

Scott Faust, 35, and his wife, Stephanie Faust, 30, of Baldwin Borough, were arraigned Wednesday night on charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment, court records show.

Police began investigating on June 8, after the boy suffered a broken arm. Mr. Faust told detectives that day that the child slid off his lap and he grabbed his arm to keep him from falling, Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott said.

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC examined the boy and found head trauma and multiple broken bones in various stages of healing. Mr. Faust told police the head trauma was caused when another child hit the boy with a plastic phone and said the boy simply had "weak bones," the chief said.

Multiple doctors, he said, agreed that the injuries appeared the result of child abuse.

Police arrested the couple when their attorney Patrick Thomassey declined to bring them into the station so they could surrender. The pair also have a 2-year-old daughter, whom doctors examined and found no injuries. As part of a "safety plan" set up by Children, Youth and Families, the children's grandmother must remain in the couple's home with them, Chief Scott said.



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