- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A judge has moved forward with the case of a Wyoming police officer suspected of child abuse.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2o5Ij3V ) Judge Steve Brown moved the case against Casper Police Officer Laura Starnes-Wells to the District Court Thursday.

Prosecutors say Starnes-Wells abused her adopted son by hitting him, forcing him to run up the stairs and making him write tens of thousands of sentences and failing to meet his mental health needs by not following therapists’ treatment plans.

Wells’ attorney Tom Fleener says her actions may be examples of bad parenting, but they should not lead to a criminal charge.

Records show that the boy and his sister lived in an abusive home in Colorado before they were adopted by Starnes-Wells. Prosecutors say the boy is doing much better now.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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