Woman accused of kidnapping son from hospital takes plea deal

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


MADISON, Neb. (AP)  A woman accused of kidnapping her newborn son from a Norfolk hospital has taken a plea deal.

Court records say 34-year-old Lacee Tuttle, of Pierce, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Madison County District Court to felony violation of a child custody order and misdemeanor child abuse or neglect. Prosecutors dropped a kidnapping count in exchange for Tuttle’s pleas. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Authorities say she took her 2-day-old son from Faith Regional Health Services on July 10, triggering a statewide Amber Alert. The baby and Tuttle were found hours later.

Authorities say Tuttle tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana while at the hospital, which is why custody was given to a state agency.