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Rockwood couple jailed with assaulting toddler

| Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:48 p.m.

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.

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