By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln woman has pleaded no contest to a felony child abuse charge in the death of her 2-year-old stepson nearly a year ago.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( ) that 29-year-old Jacqueline Cooley faces up to three years in prison and 18 months of post-release supervision when she is sentenced in February.

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Jeff Mathers says Cooley told police she left Jase Queen in the bathtub on Jan. 7 and left to get a towel. Mathers says when she came back 2-3 minutes later, he was face down and turning blue in about 10 inches of water.

Mathers says the boy’s grandmother told police he had survived a similar incident in November 2015, and Cooley told family members she had learned her lesson.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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