Woman Pleads No Contest To Child Abuse Charge

An Omaha woman entered a plea of no contest Thursday in a case of child abuse where a 2-year-old boy was hurt.

Nicole Corcoran entered the plea before Judge Gregory Schatz in Douglas County District Court.

The child was found to have suffered three separate head injuries in different stages of healing with at least one caused by blunt force on April 24, 2012. The child also had serious lip and mouth injuries.

Prosecutors say Corcoran and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Chad Cymbalista, were responsible for the care of the child. Cymbalista is the child's biological father. Corcoran is not the boy's mother, but prosecutors say she cared for the child during the day due to Cymbalista's work schedule.

Cymbalista and Corcoran told investigators at the time the other must have committed the abuse and that neither one knew how the injuries occurred.

As part of the plea, charges against Corcoran were reduced to child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class III felony (which carries a one to 20 year jail sentence and a fine up to $25,000) from a class II felony (which carries a jail sentence of up to 50 years).

Corcoran's attorney, William Eustice, entered the plea, telling Judge Schatz there was abuse committed, that the evidence is strong against his client and the facts are sufficient for a guilty verdict.

Judge Schatz then accepted the "no contest" plea, finding Corcoran guilty of the amended charges. Sentencing for Corcoran is set for April 2nd. Cymbalista is free on bond and will appear in court February 19th.

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