A 4-year-old girl has died and her 21-year-old mother has been charged with intentional child abuse resulting in death, the Madison County attorney said Monday.
Caylee Hoehne died about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Madison County Attorney Joseph Smith said.
Her mother, Carla Montoya of Norfolk, is scheduled to appear in court today on the felony charge. If convicted, Montoya faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Smith said he had spoken with Caylee’s father and grandfather, who were arranging to have the child’s organs donated.
“That’s important to the family,” Smith said.
In Norfolk, locals are trying to raise awareness of child abuse by holding a Teddy Bear Run in Caylee’s honor.
Donors can drop off stuffed animals at various places. On Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., the stuffed animals will be taken to Children’s Hospital to be given to kids who are patients there.
More information can be found on the Facebook page Teddy Bear Run in Honor of Caylee or by calling Krista Freeman at 402-992-7783.
The event started with motorcyclists; Caylee has an uncle who rides, Freeman said.
“But we want all vehicles,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if (you) are a motorcycle rider or not. Any vehicle will be great.”
An account for Caylee’s family has been set up at Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust in Norfolk.
Caylee was taken to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk early on March 13, said Joanie Brugger, director of the Madison County victim-witness unit. She was unresponsive.
Doctors found that Caylee had suffered a skull fracture and brain bleeding, and her body was covered with bruises that were indicative of child abuse, according to an affidavit filed in support of an arrest warrant for Montoya.
Caylee was taken by medical helicopter to Children’s.
Montoya has been jailed in Madison County since March 13, charged with negligent child abuse causing injury.
According to court documents, Montoya told Norfolk police investigators that she had tossed Caylee onto her bed three times between 11 a.m. and noon on March 12. The last time she tossed the child, Montoya was “very upset,” she said.
Montoya told police that she grabbed Caylee around her torso and squeezed her before throwing her into bed. She said she thought the girl may have hit her head on the bed frame or the wall.