Police: Babysitter accused of injuring children to face more charges


BELLE VERNON, Pa. - A babysitter accused of getting drunk, doing drugs and abusing a 2-year-old girl he was babysitting was in court Friday.

Police said Joshua Tannous, 19, hurt the girl inside her Belle Vernon home this February while he was watching her and her 6-month-old sister.

Investigators said the girl suffered two broken collar bones, a broken shoulder blade, bruises and cuts.

Police also arrested the girl’s parents. Tracy and Matthew Price faced a judge on Friday.

According to police, they confessed they knew the babysitter smoked marijuana and drank alcohol around the children.

Tannous’ sister said her brother is not violent.

“He just cried and said, ‘Whitney, you know me.  I didn’t do that.’  I said, ‘Yes.  I know,’” said Whitney Stroop.

The state announced they’ll be filing more charges against Tannous.

“We will be filing additional charges against the babysitter for injuries sustained by the younger 6-month-old child,” said Chief John Hartman of Southwest Regional Police.

Doctors discovered the baby was seriously injured as well.  Police believe Tannous hurt both girls.

“The injuries seemed consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome,” said Hartman.

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