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Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:00 am

GOTHENBURG – Two suspects in a Gothenburg child abuse case were arrested and jailed Friday.

Arrest warrants were issued Friday for Doris M. Herrin, 27, and Adam R. Jesseph, 24, for child abuse resulting in death, according to a press release from the Gothenburg Police Department.

The pair were arrested as a result of the investigation into the death of Herrin's daughter, Misty K. Herrin, 3.

Herrin and Jesseph were found in North Platte and taken into custody by the North Platte Police Department without incident. They were transported to Lexington and booked into the Dawson County Jail, where they are held without bond pending arraignments in Dawson County Court.

Herrin and Jesseph, both of 202 Ave. B in Gothenburg, brought an unresponsive Misty Herrin into the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital emergency room at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday.

The girl was transported Tuesday afternoon by AirCare to Kearney, where she had emergency surgery for a brain injury.

According to court records, she was diagnosed by a pediatrician as having suffered injuries consistent with having been shaken, brain hemorrhaging on both sides of her brain and hemorrhaging in both of her retinas. She did not have any skull fractures or visible injuries to the outside of her head.

Herrin and Jesseph reported that the girl had fallen while unattended in a bedroom. The treating physician reported that the injuries were inconsistent with that report, however.

Members of the Gothenburg Police Department, with the assistance of the Kearney Police Department, began investigating the incident as possible child abuse.

The child was removed from life support and pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday.

An autopsy was to have been conducted Thursday.

The girl's 7-year-old sister has been placed into protective custody with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services during the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.

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