Child Abuse suspect changes plea to 'no contest'

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A metro area woman has changed her plea from not guilty to no contest in a case of child abuse.

Police received a complaint of child abuse that occurred at Lynn’s Learning Center in west Omaha last April. The parents of the then 4-year old girl reported that daycare owner, Lynn Rowe, had physically abused their child in her care. The incident was caught on video. An employee sent the video to the victim’s mother which allegedly shows Rowe hitting the young girl. The victim's mother contacted police.

Lynn Rowe was arrested on one count felony child abuse. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said the video played a big role in this case.

"Without the video, you might have some injuries to the child and maybe somebody saw it and testified to it, but there's always still that question. The video obviously makes it very solid from a standpoint of we know what happened," said Kleine.

Rowe's attorney says she has been undergoing a psychiatric evaluation as a result of what happened.

WOWT spoke with the child's parents after Rowe's court appearance Tuesday. Kelley Meyers, the child's mom, just wants justice to be dealt swiftly.

"It's just a long time to wait for a resolution, and I get sick to my stomach seeing her," Kelley said. "I don't have anything to say to her at all. I don't care to ever talk to her again."

"The fact that she said 'I'm sorry' as she was leaving the courtroom, that's about the first time I've heard her actually acknowledge what she did," said Al Meyers, the child's father. "I don't know what my expectations are other than I want her to serve time."

The young girl's parents tell 6 News they want to be able to just move on.

"Don't trust anybody. This was in many way a family friend," said Al.

Lynn Rowe will be sentenced on January 23, 2018. She could face up to three years in prison.