Nebraska mom takes deal in slaying of son, 4

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Posted: Sep 09, 2014 10:46 AM

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings woman whose 9-year-old son is charged with fatally shooting his 4-year-old brother has pleaded no contest to a child abuse charge.

Court records say the 30-year-old woman was convicted on Monday of felony negligent child abuse resulting in injury. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from felony negligent child abuse resulting in death. Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Her 31-year-old boyfriend also has pleaded guilty to felony negligent child abuse resulting in injury. His sentencing is set for Sept. 22.

Her older son is accused of shooting his brother with a .22-caliber rifle in April and has been charged with manslaughter.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes, and is not naming the adults or children involved in this case.