UPDATE: Berringer and Summers plead not guilty to charges of child endangerment


UPDATE Wednesday 12:00 p.m.

Amber Lynn Berringer and Brian Summers, Jr., two parents accused of neglecting their 1-year-old child, who was found to have bruises all over his body and leukemia, entered pleas of not guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Municipal Court.

In the arraignment hearing, Berringer’s and Summer’s bond was set at $5,000 each. 


UPDATE Tuesday 5:30 p.m.

Child endangerment charges have officially been filed against Amber Lynn Berringer and Brian Summers, Jr., the mother and father of a 1-year-old found to have serious bruising and diagnosed with leukemia.


ORIGINAL STORYA 1-year-old baby with cancer is now receiving the treatment it needs while the baby’s parents face charges, all thanks to the actions of employees at a car dealership in Steubenville.

On Monday, a Jefferson County couple visited Sunset Motors looking to buy a car when employees noticed bruising on the baby’s body. Steubenville police were called and sent the baby for immediate treatment. They reported the baby was life-flighted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh because of serious bruising on the head, face and legs. Officials confirmed the injuries occurred last Thursday. 

Doctors at the hospital confirmed the baby has leukemia. If it wasn’t for the bruises, they said they would not have found out about the cancer and went on to say it would take several weeks to determine if the bruises were from the leukemia.

Officers with the Steubenville Police Department arrested the child’s parents, Amber Lynn Berringer and Brian Summers, Jr. Berringer was charged with falsification after officers said she lied about when she had taken the baby to the doctor. She pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and is scheduled to be in Steubenville Municipal Court on April 8. While Summers was taken into custody, official charges have not been filed.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said she is working to determine if others charges should be filed. 

Toronto Police Department and Sheriff Department will be handling the case. 

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