SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — An August trial has been scheduled for a former Scottsbluff man charged in the death of a toddler.
Dustin Chauncey, 26, was arraigned Friday on a charge of intentional child abuse resulting in death in the July 11, 2008, death of Juliette Geurts, 2. The girl died of blunt force trauma to the head and suffered a laceration to her liver.
A Scotts Bluff County grand jury had indicted Chauncey in July on additional charges of manslaughter and providing false information to an officer, a misdemeanor. However, special prosecutor Jim Zimmerman dismissed those charges because the statute of limitations had passed.
Chauncey is currently scheduled to go to trial during the jury term starting Aug. 5. If convicted on the child abuse charge, Chauncey faces 20 years to life in prison.
The grand jury had also indicted the toddler's mother, Charyse Geurts, on charges of hindering an investigation and a misdemeanor count of providing false information. However, a judge dismissed those charges April 4, ruling that the statute of limitations had passed.
Zimmerman had 30 days to file an appeal. Zimmerman said he has chosen not to appeal the ruling.
— World-Herald News Service