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Omaha woman facing child abuse charges in death of 4 year old girl

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An Omaha woman originally booked for the murder of a four-year-old girl will instead be charged with intentional child abuse. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine released more details in the case this morning. Kleine says 22 year old Chelsey Cook had been Alicia Morrow’s caregiver since December of 2014 inside of a home at 31st […]

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Officers disciplined for leaving house hours prior to murder of mother and child

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Two Omaha police officers will be disciplined for leaving the house of 22-year-old Destacia Straughn after a well-being check hours before she and her two-year-old daughter were killed. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says an internal investigation disclosed the officers violated department policy during the check. Dontevous Loyd is accused of killing Straughn and her […]

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Omaha man sentenced to six years on child porn charges

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A 59-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Federal prosecutors say Randy Van Beek will have to serve 10 years of supervised release after being released from prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender. A computer in the Van Beek residence […]

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Accused killer of pregnant 22-year-old and 2-year-old girl turns himself in

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The subject of a massive manhunt in wake of the death of a pregnant 22-year-old Omaha woman and her two-year-old daughter has given himself up. Omaha police report 23-year-old Dontevous Loyd turned himself in to authorities outside the Douglas County Jail in Omaha. Loyd is accused to shooting and killing Destacia Straughn, her unborn child, […]

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Former high school teacher reaches plea deal in sex case

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A former Hastings High School teacher has agreed to a plea deal to escape a harsher sentence for having sex with a female student. 39-year-old Johnathan Shafer has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors: contributing to the delinquency of a minor and negligent child abuse. The charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in […]

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South-central Nebraska man sentenced to 60 years for death of grandson

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A south-central Nebraska man has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for contributing to the death of his two-year-old grandson in 2012. 50-year-old Peter Draper of Naponee was sentenced in Adams County District Court. In October, a jury found Draper guilty of child abuse resulting in death as well as a separate […]

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Western Nebraska man sentenced to 30 years on child porn charge

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A former western Nebraska man has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for producing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg reports 46-year-old Anthony James “AJ” Horton, formerly of Stratton, has been sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. Horton will serve ten years of supervised release after prison and be required to continue […]

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Mexican man sentenced in Omaha on child porn charges, likely to be deported, again

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A 35-year-old Mexican has been sentenced in Omaha federal court to ten years in prison for receiving child pornography. Chief Federal District Judge Laurie Camp sentenced Luis Armando Moreno-Ayala to ten years in prison, plus five years of supervised release. He most likely will be deported. Moreno-Ayala also has been ordered to pay $3,000 in […]

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Two charged in 2-month-old death accept plea deal

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Two men have pleaded no contest to charges of child abuse stemming from the death of a two-month-old a year ago. Sarpy County Court Judge Robert Wester has found 28-year-old Aaron Thompson and 36-year-old Michael Degarmo guilty of one count each of negligent child abuse, a misdemeanor. The two reached a deal with the Sarpy […]

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Young western Nebraska man accused of abusing 6-month-old daughter

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A young western Nebraska man has been accused of abuse after hospital staff reported his 6-month-old daughter suffered head injuries. Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Medbery of Scottsbluff. Authorities say the child’s mother was not at home at the time of the incident. The child is being treated at a Denver hospital.

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Love For Children Eternal

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“Caring for all children, even as part of her own family, yet set in her ways to always do what […]

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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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