- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The former chairwoman of a Laramie family advocacy group is going to trial after entering not guilty pleas to five counts of felony child abuse.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1WWKnXr) 48-year-old Emily J. Larkins was arrested late last month on suspicion of using a belt to choke a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. She was released on bail and appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty to the charges.

Larkin was also charged with mentally abusing the teen who reported witnessing the incidents.

Until recently, Larkins was listed as the chairwoman of the Community Action of Laramie County board. The nonprofit organization connects low-income families with services like Head Start, where Larkins had previously been chairwoman of the policy council.

A trial is set for Nov. 16.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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