Woman Changes Plea in Nebraska Girl's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 24-year-old Lincoln woman has changed her plea to no contest in the child abuse case of a 12-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose in March.

Authorities say that Ashley Jackson had originally pleaded not guilty in Lancaster County District Court to child abuse resulting in death, but changed her plea on Monday.

Jackson faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine when she's sentenced in February.

Jackson brought Serena Garrett to her home in March to babysit Jackson's twin infants. But police say Jackson smoked methamphetamine and supplied the girl and other people at her house with alcohol and drugs.

Police say after Jackson left, Serena was sexually assaulted by a 20-year-old man, then died of a prescription drug overdose.

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