- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

MALCOLM, Neb. (AP) - Two Malcolm residents have been accused of severely injuring a 5-year-old girl.

Online court records say 25-year-old Cassondra Karst and 26-year-old Bruce Sampson are charged with intentional child abuse. The records don’t list the names of attorneys who could comment for Karst or Sampson. Both have hearings scheduled for Oct. 31.

The records say Karst called deputies to the Malcolm residence on June 16, saying the girl had fallen down some stairs. Medical officials later told investigators the girl had several old injuries and that bleeding in her brain could have been caused by being shaken or by blunt force.

State authorities have taken the girl into emergency protective custody.

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