Endangered Pennsylvania infant found in Tennessee; Parents charged

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The nationwide search for a seven-week-old boy taken from a Pennsylvania hospital last week ended Tuesday in Marshall County, Tennessee with the arrest of the child’s parents.

Lewisburg police said they were able to locate the child, Ambrose Klingensmith, who was safe.

Officers took his parents, Daemon Klingensmith and Jeannette Funnen, into custody. The two were booked into the Marshall County jail on charges including child endangerment and obstruction of a child abuse case.

Daemon Klingensmith and Jeannette Funnen
Daemon Klingensmith and Jeannette Funnen
(Courtesy: Marshall County jail)

Ambrose was taken last Thursday from the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh by his parents after they were told their son had injuries consistent with child abuse, according to court documents obtained by WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

A medical report detailed in those documents alleges Ambrose had several bruises on his stomach consistent with finger marks that were “highly concerning for physical abuse.” Court papers allege those marks had a “patterned injury” that were inflicted and caused the baby “substantial pain.”

Court documents indicate the hospital contacted West Mifflin police for help to get in touch with Ambrose’s parents because more testing was needed to see if there were internal injuries, but multiple attempts to contact them were unsuccessful.

West Mifflin police said a tip to the FBI helped them pinpoint the family’s location to Marshall County, Tennessee.

A Lewisburg officer spotted their car Tuesday at the intersection of West Ellington Parkway and Mooresville Highway. When the vehicle was pulled over, Klingensmith and Funnen were inside, along with Ambrose and his three-year-old brother, police explained.

Klingensmith and Funnen were arrested and will eventually be transported back to Pennsylvania.

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