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A Natrona County judge dismissed a misdemeanor child endangerment charge against a Casper police sergeant on Monday, though prosecutors indicated they could file different charges at a later date.

Sgt. Todd Wells appeared Monday morning in Natrona County Circuit Court for a brief hearing on a prosecutor’s request for dismissal. Circuit Court Judge Steven Brown agreed to dismiss the case, though he hadn’t filed an order officially doing so as of 4 p.m. Monday.

“As of right now, it’s dismissed; it’s not going to trial next week,” said John Miner, Wells’ attorney. “But there’s still a lot of things the state can do.”

Assistant District Attorney Brett Johnson filed the request to dismiss the charge against Wells on Monday.

“The state would contend that it would be in the best interest of justice to dismiss this matter at this time as they intend to refile this case and include an additional charge,” Johnson wrote in the request.

Johnson did not return a phone call Monday asking for more information. Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen said that his office is currently reviewing the case and declined to comment on whether prosecutors would file additional charges or what those charges might be.

Wells turned himself in to authorities in February after he learned there was a warrant for his arrest. Wells is accused of participating in his wife’s alleged mistreatment of her adoptive children.

Court documents allege that Laura Wells, also a Casper police officer, used excessive punishment, did not properly care for her adopted son and physically attacked the children. Johnson, the prosecutor on the case, said at a previous hearing that Todd Wells was charged with the misdemeanor “essentially for allowing this to happen.”

The boy also told investigators that Todd Wells once said “Get (the boy) out of my house before I snap his neck off” during an argument.

Todd Wells told investigators that he once stopped a fight between his wife and the boy, though he never saw any physical contact between them, the documents show.

Laura Wells faces a felony charge of child abuse. Both were placed on administrative leave at the police department in November.

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Elise Schmelzer joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and interning at newspapers around the country. As features editor, she oversees arts and culture coverage and reports stories on a broad variety of topics.

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