Bruised baby investigation brings plea deal for Struthers couple
A Hubbard man and a Struthers mother arrested after their 7-month-old child was hospitalized with bruises have been sentenced after pleading guilty to reduced charges.
Brian Kerby, 22 years old, of Hubbard, and 24-year-old Kathleen Schofer of Struthers, appeared in Struthers Municipal Court this week and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Each was given a thirty-day suspended sentence.
Both were arrested and originally charged with endangering children last year after a family member took the couple's 7-month-old to the hospital on November 6 after allegedly seeing bruising on the child.
According to the police report, the family member spoke to Struthers police and a social worker at the hospital that the child was allegedly being abused and neglected, based on the bruising and unexplained markings concurrent with potential abuse.
The family member told police about allegations of abuse with another child in the home, Schofer's 4-year-old.
After speaking with the family member, Struthers police went to the Wilson Avenue home of Kerby and Schofer.
According to a police report, the parents of the 4-month-old told officers that they were unaware of any injuries to the child.
According to the police, the home was in deplorable condition, and stated "terrible living conditions for any child."
The report stated a child's bed was next to the cat litter, cat food, and piled trash as tall as the refrigerator, and officers reported finding a child's potty chair filled with dried feces and urine. The report also stated what appeared to be mold and mildew growth.
Acquaintances of the couple told police that the 4-year-old would show up to their home allegedly with shoes and filthy, and alleged the child would be at their home for more than an hour before Schofer would come looking for the child.