Father In Court For Baby’s Death

A man from Pleasant Dale is now charged with the death of his 14-month-old daughter.

22-year-old Lucas Peterson was in Seward County court.

The body of Lucas Peterson's daughter Trista was found on April 12th buried in rural Butler County.

Peterson led authorities to the child's body.

He's being charged with child abuse resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence.

Peterson led police to her body after they questioned him on her whereabouts during a previous arrest.

According to court documents, Peterson killed Trista back in January.

He says he became angry with the child and threw her into her play pen.

Afterward, he says he checked up on her and found her dead.

An autopsy has confirmed the child's body suffered blunt force trauma to the head,

neck and torso.

Peterson is being held in Seward County jail on one million dollars bond.

His next court appreance will be on May 22nd.

Trista's mother is in the York Correctional Center serving time for an unrelated charge.