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Phoenix woman pleads not guilty to child abuse

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman accused of not adequately feeding a baby for three weeks has pleaded not guilty.

Veronica Marie Diaz on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to four counts of child abuse.

Police arrested Diaz, 27, and her 32-year-old boyfriend Ryan Adam Morris last month.

Court records showed the 9-month-old baby weighed about 7 pounds when it was taken to a hospital.

Diaz told police she ran out of baby formula and had been giving the baby bottled water during the day and some milk at night.

Morris told police that he was unable to buy more baby formula because he had other expenses.

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