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Abusive babysitter from Vanderbilt gets sentenced to jail

Rich Cholodofsky
| Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Joshua R. Huffine is accused of child abuse.
Joshua R. Huffine is accused of child abuse.

A Fayette County man was sentenced Friday to serve nearly two years in jail for the assault of a 1-year-old boy left in his care.

Joshua Ray Huffine, 32, of Vanderbilt, pleaded guilty last month to charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said Huffine's girlfriend left him alone to watch the child at her Mt. Pleasant Township home when she went to work Sept. 16, 2016. The boy sustained facial bruises that a medical expert determined to have been caused by a man's hands. According to court records, Huffine admitted to police that he hit the child in an effort to stop him from crying.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rita Hathaway sentenced Huffine to serve one year, less a day, to two years less a day in the county jail. The judge also ordered Huffine to serve an additional five years on probation and complete anger management and parenting classes.

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