- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A district judge has denied a request to move the trial of a 34-year-old Hastings woman accused of suffocating a toddler with a baby wipe.

The Hastings Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1R2uFVU ) that Mark Porto of Grand Island, an attorney for Azudany Serrano-Contreras, had asked for the change in venue, arguing that pretrial publicity had made it impossible for his client to get a fair trial in Adams County. That motion was denied Thursday.

Serrano-Contreras faces trial in January on a charge of committing intentional child abuse causing death. If convicted, she faces 20 years to life.

Prosecutors say Serrano-Contreras was baby-sitting 19-month-old Aliyana Peterson on March 12 when she stuffed a baby wipe down the girl’s throat. Serrano-Contreras has said the child put the wipe in her own mouth.

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Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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