Babysitter's Attorney Calls it a Tragic Accident
Elizabeth Harding formally charged in baby death case.
Omaha, NE - Harding's attorney Glenn Shapiro calls it a tragic accident.
"The family trusted Elizabeth with their children as anyone would. She's a very nice lady she did not intend any harm for the child."
In front of a judge prosecutors said Chase Hunter's parents told Harding not to let their thirteen month old son sleep in his car seat.
Only last month, Harding did.
She admitted to buckling the top harness and not the bottom. Chase wiggled his way down into the seat and the harness wrapped around his neck.
"Obviously all parties involved are very upset about the young death. The death of Chase. She's gonna go home and be with family, she's mourning greatly and it's part of the process", adds Shapiro.
We tried reaching Harding for a comment, she wasn't home. It's here where Harding would watch kids as an unlicensed daycare provider.
The day Chase died, she had eight kids in her care, including three of her own.
Four were under the age of three, including Chase and his brother.
The Hunter family left the Douglas County Jail in silence after hearing the formal charges against their close friend.
"Well I know the parties all involved are very close with each other. They're close friends for years. They interact socially. I think they've been in each others weddings. It's very hard for everyone involved", says Shapiro.
Prosecutors charged Harding with negligent child abuse resulting in death. A conviction that carries up to 20 years in prison.
Douglas County Chief Deputy Attorney Brenda Beadle says this incident is tragic.
"It's horrible, whenever you have a case involving the death of a child of course it's horrible and we looked at the facts in this case and investigators did a nice job investigating it and we'll let the facts come out at the prelim and we'll let the judge decide."