BB woman pleads not guilty of abuse

A Bradenton Beach woman recently pleaded not guilty to allegations she abused two children.

The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested Laura Campanello, 44, Oct. 16 in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North. She faces two felony charges of child abuse.

A police report stated that a relative visiting Bradenton Beach became concerned for the children’s well-being after witnessing Campanello’s verbal abuse.

In interviews, investigators were told that Campanello had repeatedly slapped, punched and kicked the children, leaving them bruised and battered.

Investigators also were told that the woman verbally abused the children and abused drugs.

Campanello was released from the Manatee County jail on $2,500 bond.

She demanded a jury trial.

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