9-week-old girl treated for brain injury, father arrested

Authorities have arrested the father of a 9-week-old Grand Island girl on suspicion of child abuse.

The girl is in an Omaha hospital, where she was taken after being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Nebraska State Patrol Lt. Dennis Leonard says the patrol is investigating “what appears to be a felony child abuse'' and that the girl had suffered a severe brain injury.

The baby's father is 38-year-old Michael Valdez. He remained in Hall County Jail on Thursday. Online court records don't yet list the case or his attorney's name.