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Published September 21, 2009, 10:39 AM

Child Abuse Trial Begins For Rugby Woman

The trial for a Rugby woman charged with child abuse began today. Jury selection in the trial began this morning. Lori Ann Voeller faces 8 counts of Child Abuse or Neglect. Authorities say the children were between the ages of 4 months and 5 years.

The trial for a Rugby woman charged with child abuse began today.

Jury selection in the trial began this morning.

Lori Ann Voeller faces 8 counts of Child Abuse or Neglect.

Authorities say the children were between the ages of 4 months and 5 years.

Lori Ann Voeller walked into the packed courtroom today to face the first of her expected 10-day trial. It's been over a year since police got a phone call reporting child abuse at the daycare Voeller ran from her Rugby home.

"One of the families involved filed a complaint with the law enforcement here in rugby," said Sheriff Robert Graber.

Authorities say Voeller hit, kicked, and threw the children in her care. Authorities say they interviewed at least 15 people, many of them children.

"It took quite a lengthy amount of time with all the witnesses and all the interviews," said Graber.

The witnesses will tell their story to the jury later this week. Then it will be up to the jury to decide if Voeller is guilty of the Class B Felony charges.

"There were 6 in a previous filing and 2 were consolidated for the purpose of this trial so the total is 8," said Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Byers.

Voeller faces a maximum of ten years in jail for each charge.

But even if convicted, the likelihood with which a judge grants consecutive sentences doesn't happen that often.

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