HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) The mother of a slain 4-year-old Hastings boy and her live-in boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse resulting in death.
The 29-year-old woman and 30-year-old man made their plea Thursday in Adams County District Court. Police say the woman's 9-year-old son fatally shot his 4-year-old brother on April 18.
The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes. For that reason, the AP is not naming the adults or children involved the case.
Prosecutors say police, school and mental health officials had concerns about the 9-year-old's often violent behavior. Prosecutors say officials had warned both his mother and her boyfriend in the weeks before the shooting not to have guns in the house and to lock up all knives and other sharp objects.