Hastings couple appeals child abuse case to higher court

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HASTINGS, Neb. A Hastings couple sentenced to prison for a particularly troubling case of child abuse is now going to the Nebraska court of appeals.

John Brown, 31, was convicted of felony child abuse this summer and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In November of last year a baby under his care was found with serious injuries. Brown was not the baby's biological father, but was watching her for his fiance.

Court records indicate police found the baby girl unresponsive at the time of the incident. Doctor's later found bruises, cuts inside the baby's mouth and burns on her feet. They also found a large quality of methamphetamine in the baby's urine.

Brown has now filed notice with the Nebraska court of appeals to hear his case. A hearing date with the higher court has not yet been scheduled.

Brown's fiance, Brittany Hatch,23, and the baby's biological mother, was also convicted of felony child abuse in the case and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

She also has filed with the Nebraska court of appeals, but no hearing date is scheduled.

After the baby was found in November, she was turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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