The 16-year-old accused in the beating of 78-year-old Janet Jordan in her South Omaha home appeared in court for the first time Monday.
A judge ordered Naushkoniwaheega Hamilton be held on ten percent of $200,000 bond for the attempted robbery. Hamilton is facing charges as an adult. He remains in the Douglas County Youth Center.
His mother was in the courtroom. She told Brian Mastre she believes her son should be tried as a juvenile. "I believe he has a right to a fair trial...There's already been too much news coverage."
Naushkoniwaheega Hamilton is known to his friends as Waheega.
We examined juvenile records -- at age 11, he was arrested for burglary and received diversion.
Later -- his grandparents told the court he kept running away and they had no idea where he was.
He spent time at the Youth Home in Kearney -- twice. He was later arrested as a 13-year-old for theft -- and again two years later.
"He's had those opportunities in juvenile court and obviously -- it hasn't had an impact on him," said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
Waheega's mother told the court she plans to hire an attorney.
A cousin of his told Brian Mastre at the courthouse that Waheega is not a troublemaker -- and really is the sweetest kid.
It's fair to say that Janet Jordan would argue with that.
Police announced Sunday that 16-year-old Naushkoniwaheega Hamilton, sought in the beating of a 78-year-old Omaha woman during a home invasion last Tuesday, has been taken into custody.
Following up on information that Hamilton was in the area of South 33rd Street and Dewey Avenue Saturday night, officers found Hamilton and arrested him without incident. He was booked into the Douglas County Youth Center for his warrant. Hamilton will be charged as an adult.
Jordan's daughter, Jean Blackburn, spoke exclusively to WOWT 6 News after the attack. "He hit her in the top of her head, the side of her face, her nose, her jaw, under her chin, her chest, her back and both of her arms. She put her hands up to protect herself, she said she dropped to the floor and said please don't hit me anymore, you're killing me."