Jurors convict Nebraska man in 2008 beating death of 2-year-old girl

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GERING, Nebraska — A Nebraska man has been convicted of fatally beating of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

After just over an hour of deliberation Thursday, jurors in Gering found 28-year-old Dustin Chauncey guilty of child abuse resulting in the death in the killing of Juliette Geurts in July 2008. Investigators dismissed two other charges against Chauncey because of the statute of limitations.

Chauncey and Juliette's mother, Charyse Geurts, were living together when the girl was found dead in her crib. Autopsy results revealed she died from internal organ damage caused by blunt force trauma.

Following the guilty verdict, the court ordered that Geurts, who was being held for refusing to testify Wednesday, be released and any contempt proceedings be dismissed.

A sentencing hearing for Chauncey has been set for April 10.

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