A western Nebraska grand jury has indicted the mother of a two-year-old girl and her boyfriend in the child’s death nearly five years ago.
Special prosecutor Jim Zimmerman has charged Dustin Chauncey with child abuse resulting in death as well as manslaughter in the death of Juliette Geurts.
Her mother, Charyse Geurts, has been charged with interfering with the investigation and providing false information to police.
Charyse Geurts had claimed she found her daughter dead in her crib in July of 2008, but an autopsy indicated she died of trauma. An investigation stalled until last year when petitioners gathered enough signatures to force a grand jury to convene in Scotts Bluff County.