Two people in Laramie were arrested and charged with felony child abuse last week after a two-month police investigation.

According to the Laramie Police Department, on Nov. 6, 2018, a Laramie Police Officer responded to a Department of Family Services’ request for a welfare check on a juvenile who had been checked out of Ivinson Memorial Hospital against medical advice.

After what the department called an "extensive investigation", two subjects were arrested on Jan. 22 and charged with child abuse – mental injury and child abuse – physical injury.

Both subjects were released from the Albany County Detention Center after each posted a $10,000.00 signature bond.

A person is guilty of child abuse – mental injury if a person responsible for the child’s welfare did intentionally or recklessly inflict upon a child who is under the age of 18 years, mental injury.

A person is guilty of child abuse – physical injury if a person responsible for a child's welfare did intentionally or recklessly inflict upon a child under the age of 18 years, physical injury, excluding reasonable corporal punishment.

Child abuse – mental injury and child abuse - physical injury are both felonies, punishable by imprisonment for no more than 10 years on each charge.