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Westport Foster Parents Arrested on Abuse Charges

Debbie Decarvalho and Mario Leone, two Westport foster parents suspected of causing harm to their 6-month-old foster child last July, turned themselves in to police Wednesday.

On July 2, officers were called to 1040 Post Road E. for a medical call involving the infant. According to Lt. Vincent Penna, the infant was suffering from shaken baby syndrome and because of the severity of its injuries, had to be transported to Westchester Medical Center in New York.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families removed three other foster children under Decarvalho and Leone's care from the home.

Investigators from DCF, the state's attorney's office and the Westport Police Department worked together on the investigation of the infant's injuries and secured arrest warrants for Decarvalho and Leone.

Decarvalho, 42, was charged with first-degree assault and five counts of risk of injury to a minor. Her bond was set at $50,000. Leone, 38, was charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. His bond was also set at $50,000.

Both are scheduled to appear in court Jan. 28.

Also from the police blotter:

• Fairfield resident Rares Schulman, 19, was pulled over by Westport police on Weston Road early Monday for allegedly having a loud exhaust. In speaking with Schulman, the officer smelled marijuana coming from inside the car. A search of the car turned up marijuana inside the center console, police said. Schulman was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released on a promise to appear in court Jan. 27.

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