OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Court of Appeals has upheld termination of the parental rights of an Omaha father who failed to get his daughters immediate medical help when they were seriously injured in a crash while he was driving drunk.
The appeals court said Tuesday that evidence in the case showed termination of Benjamin Thompson’s parental rights would be in his three children’s best interests.
Thompson is serving a 25-year prison sentence for drunken driving, negligent child abuse and failure to stop and render aid. It was his fifth drunken-driving conviction.
Police say he sped away from the October 2016 crash and was later found dumping alcohol containers in a trash can. His three injured daughters were still in the car.
The crash left his then 8-year-old daughter in a persistent vegetative state. Her younger sisters were also injured.