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TALK ABOUT SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE ..................

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM
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PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman sentenced to jail for mistreating her adopted children will be allowed to go home six days a week to care for her biological children when she starts her sentence this month.

Kristen and Douglas Barbour adopted two children from Ethiopia and within six months were arrested in 2012 for allegedly harming them. The 5-year-old boy was malnourished and the 13-month-old girl had multiple broken bones, prosecutors said.

The couple, who lived in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of the children in exchange for other criminal charges, including assault, being dismissed. Douglas Barbour was a deputy state attorney general at the time of his arrest.

Kristen Barbour was sentenced to up to a year in jail but last week Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning modified the sentence to allow her to leave jail for eight hours, six days a week to care for the couple's children. They are aged 4 and 6, according to local media.

Prosecutors, in court papers obtained on Tuesday, objected to the home furlough and had sought a stiffer sentence.

A light sentence "would send a message to the community that endangerment that led to observable suffering and permanent damage is not something that the criminal justice system takes seriously," prosecutors wrote in the court papers.

"We believed that she was responsible for the majority of the abuse," Allegheny County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said.

Douglas Barbour, who resigned as deputy state attorney general last year, served no jail time. He was placed on probation and works at a family business.

In court documents, he said he could take care of the children should their mother be sent to jail, adding to the prosecutors' objections.

Kristen Barbour's sentence begins on Oct. 20.

The children from Ethiopia have since been adopted by another family.

The new parents said in interviews with local media that the little boy is doing well but the girl suffered brain damage and may have learning disabilities.

Neither of the Barbours' lawyers could be reached for comment.

TO ME this screams its OK to hurt your children & if you work for the state you can abuse your kids and nothing happens !!!

Surround yourself with people that add to your life not subtract from it.

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ninamsi
by Philly Mom/Nina on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM
This says that some children are more important than others. I pray that the little boy will be able to forgive her one day.
ALolies
by Red Room Rebel on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:31 PM
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What the hell?

SeanandNoahsmom
by Manning Fan on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM
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 That is outrageous! Prayers for all the children involved.

wildchild.com
by Janine on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM
Wow! That's disgraceful!
DanaG70
by Tinker Bell/DanaG on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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My thoughts exactly!

Quoting ALolies:

What the hell?


Lori942
by UMM....... Lori :) on Oct. 16, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Wow that's disturbing!!!

wenuck
by Wendy - Moonshine on Oct. 16, 2014 at 6:42 AM
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Umm WTF!!
bresmommy21
by Sister on Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Not the same, but on the topic. My ex had cps called on him because he smacked his daughter in the mouth (she was teenager) and his ring left a mark. The cps lady actually sat in front of us and said next time you decide to smack her dont leave any marks. She was telling him that it was OK to hit your children as long you dont leave evidence. WOW!!!! It is such a shame that these orginizations, judges, etc. are suppose to be the voice for the children and turn a blind eye. SMH

Lb128f
by Linda on Oct. 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Absurd...makes no sense at all, poor children. ;( 

AndrewsMomPDX
by Christine on Oct. 17, 2014 at 2:23 AM
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Can't comprehend her biological children not being taken away. Justice has certainly not been served.
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