Fallowfield woman arrested in child abuse case

July 28, 2014

CHARLEROI – A Fallowfield Township woman was arrested Monday on charges she caused bruising that covered her 3-year-old son’s body this month.

State police also accuse Shyann Marie Sanpietro, 24, of 930 Fourth St. Extension, of causing two burn marks on her son’s body, injuries to his leg and stomach that were discovered when his grandmother took him July 3 to Mon Valley Hospital’s emergency department, court records state.

The grandmother, Cathy Huweart, said her daughter had called her that day asking her to pick up the boy, saying “he is not listening to me and I almost choked him,” state police noted in the affidavit supporting the charges against Sanpietro.

State Trooper James Petrosky, who responded to the call, said he looked at the boy in the hospital and “immediately noticed he was covered in bruises, his body had extensive bruising about it,” the record states.

Petrosky said he interviewed the boy at the hospital, and the child stated his mommy and daddy hit him, that the injuries on his legs were caused by a belt and “they give him cold baths.” The child also told police the man who he calls daddy is his mother’s boyfriend.

Police interviewed Sanpietro the next day. Investigators claim she stated then her son falls a lot and the burns were psoriasis, the record indicates. She also told police she is the sole caregiver of her son, the affidavit alleges.

The boy was examined July 4 at Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, where a physician determined his injuries were the result of abuse. On July 7, the child was interviewed at the hospital’s child advocacy center, where he also stated his injuries were caused by his mommy and daddy, the record states.

Sanpietro is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of children. She is in Washington County jail on $200,000 bail set by Judge Curtis Thompson.

The court record did not include the name of the man the child calls daddy or whether anyone else would face charges in the case.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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