A Fremont woman has been charged with helping a man who’s accused of providing alcohol to the woman’s teenage brother, who died after being found outdoors in bone-chilling cold last fall. Fremont police say 19-year-old Yesenia (yeh-SEHN’-yuh) Valdez is charged with aiding and abetting the procurement of alcohol to a minor. Police say Valdez helped 21-year-old Dakota McDonald provide alcohol to Valdez’s 16-year-old brother, Jaime (HEYE’-may) Valdez. Jaime Valdez was found the morning of November 16th, when Fremont’s temperature was two degrees, with a wind child of minus 16. Police say the boy died later that day of hypothermia associated with acute ethanol intoxication.
The State Supreme Court has upheld a decision to return a baby to its biological parents, who had given up the child in 2013 to friends who could not have children of their own. The biological couple, listed only as Teresa and Monty S. in the ruling, agreed to conceive a child for their friends, listed only as Rebecca and Jason W. The adoption was to be “open,” meaning the biological parents would be allowed to be part of the child’s life. However, that agreement soon fell apart, and Teresa and Monty filed to invalidate the adoption. In upholding the invalidation, the high court said that while Nebraska law allows for open adoptions of foster children, it does not allow open private adoptions.
Two men have been hospitalized with burns suffered in a fire that damaged a house in northeast Omaha. Authorities say the father and son were in the house basement when the fire was reported at 4:50 this (Friday) morning. Firefighters report that three other people who’d been in the house were uninjured. The fire cause is being investigated.