Sep 10, 2019 1:18 PM

Jury acquits woman accused of using cigarette on daughter

Posted Sep 10, 2019 1:18 PM

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a York County woman accused of using a cigarette to burn her 8-year-old daughter.

York County District Court records say 29-year-old Ashley Eckard was found not guilty last month after a short trial. She was charged with felony intentional child abuse.

The records say Eckard, of McCool Junction, used the cigarette Sept. 15 last year to burn her daughter three times on a hand. The records also say Eckard told the girl to say the wounds occurred while sliding down a slide at a bouncy house.

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SUV driver killed in collision with semi hauling bricks

JANSEN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a driver was killed in a collision between a semitrailer and a sport utility vehicle.

The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 136, about 2 miles east of Fairbury. Station KWBE reports that witnesses say the eastbound SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the truck, which was hauling several pallets of bricks on a trailer.

The SUV driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear whether the truck driver was injured.

The names of those involved haven't been released.