Trial to open for SW Pa. couple in boy’s death

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UNIONTOWN (AP) – A Southwestern Pennsylvania couple goes on trial this week in the beating death of a four-year-old boy 2½ years ago.


Twenty-nine-year-old Patrick Haney Jr. and 30-year-old Heather Forsythe of Point Marion are charged in Fayette County in the September 2011 death of Forsythe’s son, Trenton St. Clair.


Prosecutors allege Haney systematically beat the boy over several weeks and that Forsythe knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it. They say they plan to seek the death penalty if Haney is convicted of first-degree murder.


The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that jury selection in the case is slated to begin Monday.


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