Teacher pleads not guilty in chloroform case

FRESNO, Calif.

Japhia Smith Huhndorf entered her not guilty plea on Wednesday by a remote video hookup from Merced County Jail.

Defense Attorney Ernest Tuttle asked for a reduction in Huhndorf's $500,000 bail to $50,000, but the judge denied the request.

The 34-year-old Livingston High School teacher is charged with one felony count of possessing a destructive device and five counts of felony child abuse. She allegedly gave the anesthetic to three students.

Livingston police say they're still interviewing students who attended Huhndorf's classes.

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