- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania judge has rejected a bid to dismiss charges against a man and woman accused of having underfed their adopted daughter, who authorities said almost starved last year.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (https://bit.ly/2eGIYWG ) reports that the Fayette County judge ruled that that evidence presented at a December preliminary hearing was “more than sufficient” to establish an assault and endangerment case against 40-year-old Edwin Havrilesko and 40-year-old Jennifer Havrilesko.

A child advocate at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh testified that the 13-year-old girl weighing only 48 pounds - less than she did when she was 7. Authorities said she reported being underfed and even eating candy canes from the Christmas tree.

Their attorney said the evidence indicated that the Havrileskos sought medical treatment and trying to care for their child.

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Information from: Herald-Standard, https://www.heraldstandard.com/

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