A former Omaha child-care provider pleaded no contest Monday to child neglect resulting in death after a baby in her care was choked by a harness while sleeping in a car seat.
Elizabeth Harding, 34, was found guilty of the charge by Douglas County District Judge J Russell Derr.
She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in April.
In February 2013, Harding had been caring for 1-year-old Chase Hunter when she let him sleep in a car seat with the belt of the harness unbuckled.
Investigators say Chase squirmed in his seat while napping, and the unbuckled harness became wrapped around his neck.
Chase's parents, Chris and Jennifer Hunter, had asked Harding not to let Chase sleep in his car seat.
Harding was caring for eight children, including her own, at the time of Chase's death, prosecutors said. Five of the children were under age 3.
Under Nebraska rules, child care providers must be licensed when they care for four or more children. That includes the provider's own children.
Harding, who cared for the children at her home near 91st and Spaulding Streets, was not licensed, according to state records. However, she had cared for the Hunters' older son -- and had been friends with the Hunters.
Chase died at Children's Hospital & Medical Center after Harding found him unconscious in his car seat.