2 arrested in Bridgeville child abuse case

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Allegheny County sheriff's deputies Tuesday night arrested two suspects accused of a role in the assault of their infant child last year.

Eric Abare, 27, and Kelly Broderick, 29, formerly of Bridgeville, were taken into custody when deputies found them sitting on a bench Tuesday night outside UPMC Mercy, according to a sheriff's office press release.

On Thursday, three warrants were issued for Mr. Abare, who was wanted for failing to appear in court last week.

Deputies interviewed Ms. Broderick and learned she hadn't lived at any of the addresses she, over several months, provided to the court, a violation of her bond conditions, according to the sherriff's office.

Two warrants were issued for her arrest.

Mr. Abare had been charged with aggravated assault. Both he and Ms. Broderick had been charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Those charges stem from a January 2012 incident in which the couple's infant reportedly suffered fractures to both legs and several ribs.

Police suspected abuse at the couple's Bridgeville home, according to the sheriff's office.

Ms. Broderick refused to call an ambulance for the then-3-month-old that day, and was trying to get a ride to the hospital from friends and family instead, according to the release.

Authorities learned she and Mr. Abare were hiding a fugitive and didn't want police to show up with paramedics, according to the sheriff's office.

Both were also charged with hindering apprehension and obstructing administration of law.

Police said the two allowed Matthew Thompson, of Bethel Park, a fugitive wanted on an arrest warrant, to hide in their bathroom. Mr. Thompson, who was 22 at the time, was arrested later.

Mr. Abare is also charged with simple assault in a separate case, in which he's accused of slamming a 7-year-old onto a couch in an argument over changing the TV channel at a Crafton homeless shelter, the sheriff's office said.

The pair was in the Allegheny County Jail this morning being held without bond.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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