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Greensburg man sentenced on child endangerment and other charges

August 24, 2018

A Greensburg man will serve up to nine years in prison for scalding the hands of his infant son then lying to police and medical personnel about the injuries.

Joshua Koshinsky, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to seven criminal counts, including aggravated assault, child endangerment and conspiracy.

Police said in July 2015, Koshinsky heated up a mug of water in a microwave oven then immersed the young child’s hands in the nearly boiling hot liquid, causing blistering wounds that were left untreated for more than a day.

The plea came as jurors, selected for the case last week, waited in another room for Koshinsky’s scheduled trial to begin. His wife, Nicole Koshinsky, 31, of Butler County, pleaded guilty earlier this month to two conspiracy counts and was sentenced to serve 60 days to 23 months in jail.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered Joshua Koshinsky to serve 4 1/2 to nine years in prison and another eight years on probation.

“I can’t imagine what possessed you to do what you did here,” the judge said.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Lazar described Koshinsky’s assault against his son as “reprehensible,” saying witnesses at trial were prepared to say the water used to scald the child was about 180 degrees.

Lazar said in addition to the prison sentence, Koshinsky should be barred from having any contact with children.

“This is not the type of violence you can commit and be rehabilitated from. Joshua Koshinsky is not a person who can be around a child. He has a complete lack of regard for his own child,” Lazar said.

Defense attorney Deborah Jackson said Koshinsky has been allowed visits with his son at the jail under a previous court order from a family court judge.

Feliciani ruled that no further visits will be permitted unless a family court judge issues a new order in the future.

Koshinsky, according to police, originally denied any involvement in his son’s injuries and after misleading investigators and doctors, eventually confessed to trying to calm the child by dipping his hands in hot water. The delays caused the child to undergo unnecessary and painful tests, according to the prosecution.

“I love my son to death,” Koshinsky said in court. “It kills me I won’t be with my son 100 percent. I love him very much and to take him away from me would be everything.”

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