Franklin Park couple accused of abusing adopted kids pleads no contest



FRANKLIN PARK, Pa. - A former Pennsylvania prosecutor and his wife have pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of two adopted Ethiopian children after child welfare officials say the boy was malnourished and the girl was physically abused.

Douglas Barbour, who resigned from the attorney general's office last year, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts and will receive probation when he's sentenced in a few months. His wife, Kristen Barbour, pleaded no contest to felony counts of the same charge and could face prison time.

The Franklin Park couple were charged in October 2012 when the boy was 6 and found to be underfed and the girl was 18 months old and found to have several healing fractures. The children were placed in protective custody.

Defense attorneys said the couple was "overwhelmed" by the children's needs.


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