Children adopted by Douglas and Kristen Barbour
A 6-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl, adopted from Ethiopia by Douglas and Kristen Barbour, were severely maltreated by their adoptive parents. The boy was malnourished and had skin lesions and the girl had signs of multiple skull fractures (abusive head trauma) which caused her to be blind in one eye and partially paralyzed.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes
Organizations: Bethany Christian Services
Organizations: International Adoption Guides (IAG of SC)
LocationFranklin Park, Pennsylvania
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Outcome of case
The Barbours pled guilty to child abuse charges in June 2014, and they were sentenced September 15, 2014. Kristen Barbour received 4 years probation and six months in a residential facility. Douglas Barbour received 5 years probation. As an attorney, Douglas Barbour will face disciplinary proceedings following his conviction and sentence. He had already been fired from his position as an assistant attorney general. The Barbours' adopted children were adopted by a physician and his wife. The doctor spoke frankly at the Barbours' sentencing hearing about the abuse the children endured, and about the long term problems the little girl will have as a result of her skull fracture.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed an indefinite suspension
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered an order indefinitely suspending Douglas Barbour's license to practice law in Pennsylvania today.