Hastings man faces trial in meth baby child abuse case

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HASTINGS, Neb. Update February 16, 2017:

A Hastings man was bound over for trial Thursday for two felony counts of child abuse.

John Brown, 31, was charged earlier this month when a baby under his care was found with serious injuries. Brown is not the baby's biological father, but was watching her for his fiance. Brown is also charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious injury as well as felony negligence. If convicted he could get up to 53 years in prison.

Brown's fiance, Brittany Hatch,23, and the baby's biological mother, is also charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious injury. Court records indicate police found Hatch's baby girl unresponsive. 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. Hatch is charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious injury. If convicted she could face up to 50 years in prison.

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

Both Brown and Hatch will be arraigned in Adams county district court later this month.

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