- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Hastings woman accused of stuffing a baby wipe down the throat of a Nebraska toddler, killing her, has taken a plea deal.

An April 11 sentencing has been scheduled for Azudany Serrano-Contreras, who pleaded no contest and was convicted Thursday of negligent child abuse resulting in injury. She’d been charged with intentional child abuse causing death.

Serrano-Contreras is the aunt of Jessica Torres, who is the mother of the little girl, Aliyana Peterson.

Investigators have said Serrano-Contreras told officers she was baby-sitting Aliyana on March 12, 2015, when she cleaned the girl’s face, set the wipe down on a counter and turned to get lotion. She told officers Aliyana was gasping for air when she turned back. Aliyana was pronounced dead two days later.


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