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Betty Turner, Linda Rastall, trial set in autistic assault case

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CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - A September trial is set for two former Culpeper County school employees accused of assaulting a 5-year-old autistic boy.

Fifty-six-year-old Betty Turner and 50-year-old Linda Rastall are each charged with assault and battery, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Star-Exponent reports that Judge Frank Somerville scheduled a Sept. 24 trial for the women during a hearing Tuesday in Culpeper County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Turner was a bus aide and Rastall was a teacher's aide. They are accused of physically and verbally assaulting the boy on a school bus in an attempt to control him.

Authorities say the child was crying because a toy had been taken away from him as he rode the bus on Feb. 20.

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