- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) - The aunt and uncle of a 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy found beaten to death in their squalid apartment have been ordered to stand trial.

Elk County authorities say O’Ryan Murphy had been living with the couple in their Ridgway apartment with little to no heat since December. The boy was found dead the morning of Feb. 3, and might have been beaten with a broom handle or a blackjack police found there.

Thirty-five-year-old Kristy Murphy and 25-year-old Scott Murphy are charged with criminal homicide.

The boy’s parents, 26-year-old Daniel Murphy and 23-year-old Ashlee Druhot were also ordered to trial after Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.

They’re charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangerment for leaving the boy with the Murphys despite allegedly knowing the other couple used drugs and had violent tendencies.



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