Juliette's Aunt "relieved and grateful" about charges
The aunt of two year old Juliette Geurts says she is "relieved " that indictments have been handed down in the July, 2008 death of her niece. KNEB News learned Tuesday that the child's mother Charyse, and her live-in boyfriend Dustin Chauncey, have been charged with felonies in the child's death by a Scotts Bluff County grand jury. Chauncey is charged with child abuse resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter while Charyse Gueurts has been charged as an accessory to a felony for obstructing the investigation by Police .
Monica Hall, who was critical of the investigation and lack of charges in the case, organized a petition drive that successfully gained enough signatures to convene the grand jury. Hall told KNEB news she is grateful that someone will now face trial and there are "no words to describe how grateful the family feels".
Hall said no child should die because an adult took her life, and she knew she had to be Juliette's voice when "everyone else wanted to bury her and forget her." Hall said she could never give up given the impact it has had on her brother and family. Hall said the indictments are also big for Juliette's twin sister, Jaelyn.
Hall thanked the work of the petitioners that helped convene a grand jury and the grand jury themselves.
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