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Mother accused of severely abusing 3-month-old daughter denied bail reduction

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On Dec. 2, a 22-year-old mother from Loyalhanna, Pa., charged with multiple counts of child abuse against her three-month-old daughter, lost a second bid to get out of prison while awaiting her upcoming court date.

The mother, Elizabeth Mae Fair, along with her husband Christopher Lawrence Peterman, 30, are both in Westmoreland County Prison in a joint case of abusing their infant daughter, according to The Tribune-Review.

Fair and Peterman were jailed on Jan. 28 after allegedly abusing their baby daughter back in Oct. 2012.

Both parents were charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.

“This was an extremely violent offense,” said Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush.

In Oct. 2012, the parents took their injured baby daughter to a Greensburg, Pa. hospital. It didn’t take long for the Westmoreland Co. Children’s Bureau and the state police to get involved.

In an attempt to explain the baby’s severe physical injuries, the father claimed that his three-month-old daughter’s bassinet collapsed.

Physicians told police the only possible reasonable explanation was abuse.

An examination showed the infant, who was born prematurely, suffered 20 rib fractures, a right-temporal skull fracture, a broken right femur, two fractured arms, a lacerated spleen and lung and heart contusions, according to police.

Under a court order, both parents are forbidden to have contact with any minor child, which also includes “a baby Fair gave birth to during the summer.”

Both parents are expected to face their child abuse charges later this month in court.

Also see:

Dad arrested after newborn found alone in locked car at Black Friday Best Buy

Three young daughters claim years of imprisonment and abuse, parents arrested

Kindergarten teacher charged with dealing drugs out of her home, child neglect

Convicted pedophile offers to be castrated to avoid life sentence in prison

Adoptive parents sentenced to 21 and 24 years in jail on child abuse charges

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