By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – An Omaha nanny was charged Friday for the death of a baby she was watching.
Douglas County Deputies said Sarah Cullen used an online service for nannies to find families to work for. They arrested the 24-year-old Thursday night a week after deputies said she took 4-month-old Cash Bell to the hospital with head injuries on February 28th.
Bell died on March 5th.
Bell suffered two fractures to the skull and forced head trauma. An affidavit showed Cullen gave investigators three different stories about what happened leading up to her taking Bell to the hospital.
She initially stated Bell's head may have hit a door. She later said he fell off a swing that was 12 to 14 inches off the ground. Her last account, Cullen stated that she slipped and fell down carpet stairs while holding Bell and he fell—hitting the tile floor.
Doctors told investigators that none of these three scenarios Cullen provided were significant enough for the injuries.
Preliminary findings indicated Bell died from blunt force trauma to the head and that Cullen inflicted it.
Her bond was set at $50,000. The judge ordered Cullen not to be anywhere near children under the age of 16. Defense attorney, Joe Howard said he was satisfied with the judge's decision.
"I'm glad that judge Lowe appreciated that she really doesn't have a criminal history. She's not a violent person, she's not an angry person and an appropriate bond was set today," Howard continued. "So I'm looking forward to working with her and putting this case together."
Howard explained to the judge that Cullen has a 7-year-old child whose birthday is this weekend and that she is also 5 months pregnant. He asked the judge to consider these factors when making a decision.
Cullen's preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 7th.
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