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Couple charged with endangering 4-year-old disabled son

Couple charged with endangering 4-year-old disabled son
February 2, 2006, 2:49 PM

A woman repeatedly beat her 4-year-old disabled son, cut his ear with scissors and threatened to cut out his tongue before turning to a priest with a warning that "you have to take him or I will kill him," a prosecutor said.

The child, who was born with one arm and was adopted in Russia, was placed in protective custody Thursday after his mother, Jane Cochran, 43, was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfareof a child.

Cochran's husband, Timothy, an associate professor of electrical engineering technology at Alfred State College in this southwestern NewYork town, also was charged with endangering the boy.

The boy did not speak English well and was allegedly beaten over andover with a belt one evening last month for not reading his prayers correctly in English, investigators told the Wellsville Daily Reporter....

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