A Rockwood couple were charged Monday with reckless endangerment and simple assault after bruises were discovered on their 18-month-old son's buttocks.
State police in Somerset said Chad R. Beals, 37, and his wife, Melanie J., 25, were arraigned Monday before Somerset District Judge Kenneth Johnson and jailed after failing to post $5,000 bond.
Police said they were notified last week by county youth services after the bruises, including a handprint, were discovered by “concerned adults.” The bruises were confirmed by a Somerset Hospital pediatric care physician, police said.
Trooper Todd Sherle wrote in an affidavit of probable cause that when the couple saw on social media that “the concerned adults” were discussing the child's bruises, Melanie Beals denied any abuse had occurred.
Sherle reported that she replied, “I didn't abuse my child. LOL.”
Despite the abuse investigation, Sherle said both parents appeared unconcerned “and chose to continue with their party plans (Saturday) and head to Pittsburgh to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.”
Sherle said the couple claimed the child was disciplined March 11 because he tried to get out of his crib and again the next morning because he was trying to climb onto a counter.
They are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing March 27.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.