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Bellevue foster parent accused of sexual assault

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A 46 year old Bellevue woman is accused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old foster child in her care. Department Investigator Laurie Synowiecki says officers saw a vehicle parked behind a local business around 11:30 Thursday night. Inside the vehicle was 46 year old Kim Carrera and a 17 year old boy. The officer […]

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Babysitter accused in death of Hastings child

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A 33-year-old woman is suspected of killing a toddler she was babysitting earlier this year.   Azudany Serrano-Contreras is charged with committing intentional child abuse resulting in death.   Serrano-Contreras was babysitting 19-month-old Aliyana Peterson March 12th in Hastings when she allegedly stuffed a baby wipe down the toddler’s throat.   Serrano-Contreras told police she […]

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Autism awareness group plans fall conference, summer camp

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A central Nebraska organization strives to raise awareness about children with autism and the challenges they face, including bullying. Aaron Bly, of Kenesaw, is the founder and president of the Kids and Dreams Foundation. “My wife and I have adopted five children and the middle child has autism,” Bly says. “We have done a lot […]

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Yes or no on child sports participation awards

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Many Nebraska parents will be attending end of summer sporting events where children receive ribbons or a medal for participating. Earlier this month Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison made a big deal out of returning the participation trophies his children received at sports camp saying they weren’t earned. Dr.  Joe Evans is a child psychologist […]

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Winnebago man sentenced for sexual contact of a child

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A Winnebago man has been sentenced to slightly more than three years in federal prison for sexually contacting a child. Senior federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon sentenced 23-year-old Lawrence Merrick, Jr. for Abuse Sexual Contact with a Child. Merrick, a member of the Omaha Tribe, was staying at a residence on the Winnebago Reservation on […]

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Lincoln man to serve 12 years for receiving child pornography

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A 20-year-old Lincoln man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on a child pornography charge. Both United States Attorney Deborah Gilg and Attorney General Doug Peterson report Scott O’Leary has been sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf for receipt of child pornography. O’Leary will be required to register as a […]

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Law enforcement gets help in handling some of the most delicate cases (AUDIO)

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A new instructional video could help law enforcement better prosecute child neglect and abuse cases, some of the most difficult and delicate cases law enforcement handles. Attorney General Doug Peterson says it is extremely difficult to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases, which often force very young children to take the stand in a courtroom. […]

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Law officers to get special instruction on child abuse cases (AUDIO)

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An eight-part video series will help law enforcement better battle child abuse. Attorney General Doug Peterson says the instructional videos will enhance the training of law enforcement, especially in rural Nebraska where training in such areas might be lacking. “And one of the most critical things that that law enforcement officer may be called to […]

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Court process for a child charged with a serious crime

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A 12 year old murder suspect being held in Minneapolis waived extradition back to Nebraska to face charges. Jerrell Milton was arrested Tuesday night and will be charged in the shooting death of a man last week in northeast Omaha. James Martin Davis is an Omaha defense attorney and says this isn’t the first time […]

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Child drowns in back-yard pool in Lawrence

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Authorities in southeast Nebraska report the weekend drowing of a child. The Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office says a two-year-old girl died Sunday morning after drowning in a family-owned swimming pool in Lawrence. Officers were dispatched to the home at around 10:20 a.m. when the 911 call came in. The girl was transported to Mary Lanning […]

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Western Nebraska mother pleads no contest in beating of her 3-year-old

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A western Nebraska woman has been convicted of a misdemeanor in connection with the severe beating of her three-year-old daughter by her boyfriend. 25-year-old Cassandra Miller of Scottsbluff pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor child abuse by neglect. An August 14th sentencing date has been scheduled. Miller’s boyfriend, Cody Olbricht, had been sentenced […]

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Crackdown on child predators leads to 22 arrests

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Nebraska has participated in a national crackdown on child predators, arresting 22 people the past two months. Called Operation Broken Heart II, the two-month effort led by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention involved 3,000 law enforcement officers; federal, state, and local. Nebraska State Patrol Sergeant Eric Jones says the operation wanted both […]

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Bellevue man sentenced to 30 years on child porn charges

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A 37-year-old Bellevue man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing and transporting child pornography. Senior United States District Court Judge Lyle Strom sentenced Christopher Brackett to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography, 30 years for transporting child pornography, and 20 years for possessing child pornography. The sentences will […]

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Orthopedic surgeon, former Husker, charged with DUI, child neglect

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An orthopedic surgeon and former Husker football player faces a variety of charges after crashing into a couple of parked cars in Lincoln. Lincoln police report Dr. Scott Strasburger, 52, hit a couple of parked vehicles Tuesday afternoon, then drove off. Strasburger then hit another vehicle and was unable to exchange information with the other […]

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Parents: Keep closer tabs on your kids’ actions on social media

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Age eight is when the average child in Nebraska begins consuming online media, and while you’re supposed to be 13 to open a Facebook account, it’s very tough to regulate. Licensed independent social worker Alissa Wilkinson says parents know their children best, so it’s up to them to make the decision, but she says consistent […]

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