AUBURN – A Livermore Falls woman accused of beating her 2-year-old daughter pleaded innocent Wednesday and was released without having to post bail.

Debra Noll, 33, faces one count of assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police say she assaulted her daughter on June 3 to the point that the girl needed to be rushed to the hospital.

Noll’s lawyer, Norma Murray, told a Superior Court judge Wednesday that Noll’s daughter is currently in foster care, and the state Department of Human Services is not allowing Noll to see her.

Justice Thomas E. Delahanty II released Noll on personal recognizance. If she doesn’t appear at her next scheduled court date, she will be fined $5,000.

As a condition of her release, Delahanty barred Noll from having contact with children under 12, with the exception of her three other children from a previous marriage.

According to Murray, Noll has three sons, ages 11, 8 and 6, who are in the custody of her ex-husband. The state allows Noll to see the boys as long as their father supervises the visits.

Maine State Police began investigating Noll after her 27-month-old daughter was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in June with serious injuries. The girl was later transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Maine State Police Detective Mark Lopez declined to comment on the specifics of the case, but he did say that the girl was no longer in the hospital and that she did not sustain permanent physical damage as a result of the alleged abuse.

Maine State Police, Livermore Falls police and the Department of Human Services were involved in the investigation that led to Noll’s charges.

The assault charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Each charge of endangering the welfare of a child carries a sentence of up to one year behind bars.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.