Casper Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

11/28/17
Submitted By Sefenech Henok

THE CASPER POLICE OFFICER WHO TURNED HERSELF IN LAST MARCH FOR ALLEGEDLY ABUSING HER CHILDREN WAS BACK IN COURT TUESDAY AFTERNOON, THIS TIME TO CHANGE HER PLEA. OFFICER LAURA STARNES WELLS PREVIOUSLY PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALLEGATIONS OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ABUSE OF HER 2 ADOPTIVE CHILDREN. ALLEGEDLY, FORCING THEM TO PERFORM CORPORAL PUNISHMENTS LIKE RUNNING UP HILLS, PERSONAL ISOLATION AND TRACKING THEM WITH ALARMS AND CAMERAS INSIDE HER HOME. STARNES' CHANGE OF PLEA GIVES UP HER RIGHT TO A TRIAL, JUST 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE 10 DAY TRAIL WAS SET TO BEGIN JANUARY. A DATE FOR THE SENTENCE HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AT ANOTHER TIME.