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Trial Underway In 2022 Death Of 10-Month Old Chadron Girl

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      The week-long trial of a Chadron man accused of the child abuse death of his 10-month old daughter last summer is underway in Dawes County District Court.

      27-year old Riley Lenhart is charged with Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Death. Court records show 14 witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify.

       Lenhart was taking care of the infant at their home on June 19, 2022, when he found her unresponsive. The child was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

       Chadron police and Dawes County Attorney/Coroner Vance Haug responded to the home to investigate. 

        An autopsy was performed the next day and after Haug reviewed the scene, witness interviews and consultations with medical personnel, a warrant was issued and 

9 thoughts on “Trial Underway In 2022 Death Of 10-Month Old Chadron Girl”

  1. I watch too many crime movies. My opinion is that once a killer, always a killer, particularly of children. Twenty years in jail will not cure him. Death by injection will just give him a quick way out. He needs to wake up every morning for the rest of his life and remember what he had done. Death is too easy.

    • The charge is a Class 1-B Felony.
      Punishment – if convicted – is a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.

      28-105. Felonies; classification of penalties; sentences; where served; eligibility for probation.
      (1) For purposes of the Nebraska Criminal Code and any statute passed by the Legislature after the date of passage of the code, felonies are divided into ten classes which are distinguished from one another by the following penalties which are authorized upon conviction:

      Class I felony Death
      Class IA felony Life imprisonment
      Class IB felony Maximum—life imprisonment
      Minimum—twenty years imprisonment
      Class IC felony Maximum—fifty years imprisonment
      Mandatory minimum—five years imprisonment
      Class ID felony Maximum—fifty years imprisonment
      Mandatory minimum—three years imprisonment
      Class II felony Maximum—fifty years imprisonment
      Minimum—one year imprisonment
      Class IIA felony Maximum—twenty years imprisonment
      Minimum—none
      Class III felony Maximum—four years imprisonment and two years
      post-release supervision or
      twenty-five thousand dollars fine, or both
      Minimum—none for imprisonment and nine months
      post-release supervision if imprisonment is imposed
      Class IIIA felony Maximum—three years imprisonment
      and eighteen months post-release supervision or
      ten thousand dollars fine, or both
      Minimum—none for imprisonment and nine months
      post-release supervision if imprisonment is imposed
      Class IV felony Maximum—two years imprisonment and twelve
      months post-release supervision or
      ten thousand dollars fine, or both
      Minimum—none for imprisonment and none for
      post-release supervision

  2. Consider its been going on for decades by govt and certain churches. The atrocities across reservations speak volumes. Canada schools abused the natives and it’s now being exposed. Documentary the Franklin cover up by a retired sherif sheds light on history of atrocities in East Nebraska.

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