Prosecutors say an Omaha child-care provider demonstrated for investigators how she shook a 9-month-old girl in her care, inflicting injuries severe enough to hospitalize the baby for the past week.
Jennifer L. Story, 33, is charged with child abuse with intent to commit serious bodily injury, a felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Douglas County Judge Darryl Lowe set Story's bail Thursday at $100,000, which means she must pay 10 percent to be released from jail.
Prosecutor Matt McGill told the judge that Story used a doll to show how the baby's head was “snapping back and forth” as she shook the child last Friday.
But Ben Maxwell, a Papillion attorney, disputed the prosecutor's account, which he called “markedly different” from his client's.
"She sends her sympathies to the . . . family, but she steadfastly maintains her innocence,” Maxell said after the bail hearing.
According to Douglas County sheriff's investigators, the baby was injured while Story cared for at least six children at her home near 171st Street and West Maple Road. At about 3 p.m. April 19, the baby began vomiting and developed seizure-like symptoms. Story called 911, and the child was taken to Lakeside Hospital.
McGill said Thursday that the child has since been transferred to Children's Hospital and Medical Center. He said a CAT scan showed that baby has brain injuries consistent with shaking. She also has possible rib fractures, McGill said.
Marty Bilek, chief deputy sheriff, said Story is not a licensed child-care provider. Under Nebraska rules, licenses are required for any provider who cares for four or more children.
Story told investigators that she watched the baby Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Her attorney expected her to be released from jail by the end of Thursday afternoon.