- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A man accused of striking a child several times with a wooden spoon has denied a felony charge of child abuse.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://bit.ly/29hYuIn ) that 33-year-old Joshua David Campbell pleaded not guilty to the charge last week. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the crime.

Court documents say Albany County sheriff’s deputies responded to Campbell’s home in May to conduct a welfare check after social workers reported that a child had bruising from being spanked.

Campbell allegedly told authorities he had spanked the child with a wooden spoon after the child inappropriately touched and hit his sibling.

The child reportedly had multiple bruises or marks on his back.

Authorities found that the child’s injuries were “inconsistent with reasonable corporal punishment.”

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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