A La Vista woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of felony child abuse in connection with the death of her month-old son.
Sara K. Hartman, 26, entered the plea in Sarpy County District Court on Wednesday. The plea was in exchange for prosecutors amending the charge from felony child abuse resulting in death to felony child abuse resulting in injury. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor child abuse of a second child were dismissed.
If she had been convicted of the original charge, Hartman would have faced up to 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for felony child abuse resulting in injury is four years in prison.
Hartman is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
The La Vista Police Department said officers went to a home near 69th Street and La Vista Drive on Jan. 8 after 911 was called. A 1-month-old boy was found dead.
Members of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department dive team located the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's wife was able to get out and was helped to shore by a bystander at Cottonmill Lake.
A newly unsealed affidavit shows that the third time the girl told officials about sexual abuse, the Nebraska State Patrol investigated, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office prosecuted, and Sean Vilmont was arrested.
A new report from The Sentencing Project found one of every 58 Black residents in the state are in prison — a rate of nearly nine times that of white people. "Honestly, I wasn't surprised," said Sen. Terrell McKinney.
The Rev. Michael Gutgsell, who served as chancellor of the Omaha archdiocese from 1994 to 2003 and has served as a parish priest since then, turned himself in Friday morning. He was released on his own recognizance.