2013-11-07 / Local & State

W. Pa. Therapist Charged With Beating Adopted Son

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh family therapist who works to keep young men out of the child welfare system has been jailed on charges he badly beat his adopted 11-year-old son for not doing his homework.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 52- year-old Christopher Spann, who remained jailed Friday, a day after his arraignment on aggravated assault and other charges.

Salvation Army workers called police Wednesday when the boy arrived for an after-school program with a black eye, lumps on his head, hand and finger marks on his face and neck and bruises on his legs.

Police say the boy told police he didn’t want to do his homework Tuesday, and was beaten by Spann for three hours.

Spann works at Small Seeds, where he works with the families of troubled young men.

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