(Neb)-2015 Child Abuse Case Brings 20-to-30 Years In Prison
CHADRON - A Chadron woman has been sentenced to 20-to-30 years in prison for child abuse in a case dating back to 2015.
Jessica Cuny was arrested after taking her then 10-month old daughter to Chadron Community Hospital in Oct 2015 with multiple injuries that Cuny saidoccured when the girl fell off a bed and hit a coffee table.
The infant was flown to Denver Children's Hospital where doctors determined her injuries could not have occurred in the accident described by her mother.
Prosecutors dismissed their original charges in 2016, citing the desire to develop a stronger case. New charges were filed and Cuny was arrested last October.
She was scheduled for trial earlier this year, but accepted a plea deal that had her plead No Contest to one count of child abuse intentionally causing injuries in return for prosecutors dropping a charge of 1st-degree assault.
Defense attorney Jon Worthman pushed for a lighter sentence of 3-to-6 years, pointing out that Cuny has always maintained she doesn't remember what happened the night her daughter was hurt and that the girl appears to have suffered no last effects.
The Chadron Record reports Dawes County District Judge Travis O'Gorman told Cuny at sentencing that the infant's injuries horrified him and that he was surprised the child didn't die - adding that "no one should do this to a child."
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