Law license suspended for former state prosecutor convicted of abusing adopted children

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PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former deputy attorney general who was convicted along with his wife of endangering the couple's two adopted Ethiopian children.

Thirty-five-year-old Douglas Barbour is serving five years' probation after pleading no contest to child endangerment counts in June along with 32-year-old Kristen Barbour.

Allegheny county prosecutors say the couple underfed their 6-year-old adopted son and his 18-month-old sister had multiple head fractures that were healing before the Barbours were first charged in October 2012.

The couple, who lived near Pittsburgh, have since moved to Mercer County, where he works at his family's nursery. They still have custody of two biological children who were not abused, and the Ethiopian children have been adopted by another couple.

The indefinite suspension was announced Friday.

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