Children should not be returned to Starnes-Wells
Please tell me that if Judge Forgey accepts Laura Starnes-Wells (SW) plea deal she receives only 1-5 years supervised probation, isn’t true. How can SW possibly get so little for admitting guilt to felony child abuse and misdemeanor child endangerment charges? The “allegations” that she mistreated her two adopted children were witnessed events, on many occasions. SW also admitted to inflicting mental injury on one child and acting recklessly; otherwise irresponsible, thoughtless and uncontrolled behaviors chosen by the manipulator.
As for the negligent endangerment of health of the children, yes, she did endanger them. The girl was witnessed walking up and down the sidewalk for at least a 3-block area, without a coat or sweater in the cold and damp weather. The boy was witnessed sitting on the outside concrete steps, or breaking up ice buildup in the driveway, both incidences occurring for hours on numerous occasions.
Does admitting to the allegations give her points? Those children suffered more than the 5 years she might receive in her sentence. As for the felony charge that will be dropped and not convicted of if she completes her probation successfully is an atrocity. A felony conviction should follow her the rest of her days. And why are we still paying her? We as taxpayers must certainly have better options than support child abusers of any status.
The witnessed events mentioned above did not go unreported, and fellow neighbors were aware of these same events. Some may have been interviewed by law enforcement or family services; others I know were not. Justice must be served these children. God forbid these children are returned to them.
REINA WAGNER, Casper