Formal arraignment set for Franklin Park couple accused of abusing Ethiopia adoptees
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A Franklin Park couple accused of abusing their two adopted children from Ethiopia has waived their preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Friday in Leetsdale.
Douglas and Kristen Barbour are charged with starving a 6-year-old boy they adopted in March and causing head trauma to a then 18-month-old girl.
The charges were filed in October.
Mr. Barbour is on leave from his position as a lawyer in the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.
Prosecutors withdrew one count each of aggravated and simple assault against Mr. Barbour. Remaining against him are charges of endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and one count each of aggravated assault and simple assault.
All of the counts against Kristen Barbour were waived to court.
They include endangering the welfare of children, aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
The couple is now scheduled for a formal arraignment March 7.
First Published January 17, 2013 3:15 pm