ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska woman accused of physically and emotionally abusing at least six of her adopted children has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Fifty-year-old Anya James entered her pleas Wednesday to 10 counts of kidnapping and six counts of first-degree assault. Trial was set for August.
Anchorage police say among the alleged abuse was forcing the children to use buckets as toilets and limiting their diet so severely that it stunted their growth.
Her attorney, Rex Butler, said she took in children who needed lots of care. He said there were no locks on the bedroom doors, the buckets were for optional use, and she was a vegetarian who provided adequate nutrition for the children.
Police began investigating abuse allegations in October.
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