A former Omaha attorney who represented quadruple murderer Anthony Garcia was arrested Monday night after he was accused of breaking his 7-year-old stepson’s arm.
Jeremy Jorgenson, 43, was booked into Douglas County Jail about 7:15 p.m. Monday. Charges have not yet been filed. Jorgenson is being held on suspicion of intentional child abuse.
Omaha police officers went to the Field Club neighborhood Sunday evening after receiving a call about a child who was injured.
Jorgenson and his wife were arguing in the upstairs bedroom of a home near 30th and Poppleton Avenues about 4 p.m. Sunday. The boy came in and threw a toy, hitting Jorgenson in the head, according to a police narrative.
Jorgenson grabbed the boy by his shirt collar and carried him toward the stairs, the spot reserved for a “timeout,” police said. Minutes later, police said, Jorgenson’s wife heard a loud noise and the boy shriek in pain. The boy said Jorgenson had dropped him on the stairs, and the boy’s arm was broken, police said.
As the group was driving to a hospital on Sunday evening, police said, Jorgenson attempted to persuade his wife and stepson to create a fake story so Jorgenson would avoid trouble.
Jorgenson and several Chicago lawyers represented Garcia, who was convicted in an October 2016 trial. Garcia awaits a March hearing to determine whether he will get the death penalty.
On Feb. 5, the Nebraska Supreme Court ordered Jorgenson to be indefinitely suspended from the practice of law. The court set a minimum of two years for the suspension, with no end date.
The reprimand stemmed from another client’s case, in which Jorgenson failed to appear for oral arguments before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016.