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Baby In Protective Custody; Teen Mother To Undergo Evaluations

OMAHA, Neb. — An 18-year-old Nebraska woman is accused of child neglect after police said she left her baby with her day care provider for a week, Omaha TV station KETV reported.


The baby is 2 months old.


The day care provider told KETV that she knew the infant’s mom, Haley Nugent, from about five years ago.


Nugent asked if the baby could live with her because she didn’t have suitable housing for the baby, the provider said.


She said she told Nugent she could move in with her and help with care. On Jan. 18, Nugent told her she needed to collect a few things and asked her to watch the baby for just one night, police said.


But after seven days, Nugent still had not returned despite repeated attempts by the day care provider to contact her, the provider said.


Nugent said she eventually called the day care provider, but the provider said Nugent was drunk and told her she was coming to get the baby without a car seat.


The provider called Child Protective Services, which put the 8-week-old in protective custody.


Health and Human Services said Nugent will go through a series of evaluations to determine if she’ll get her daughter back.

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