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Trial set for woman accused of using cigarette to burn child

York, Neb. —  A May trial is scheduled for a York County woman accused of using a cigarette to burn an 8-year-old child.

District court records say 28-year-old Ashley Eckard pleaded not guilty last week to felony intentional child abuse. Her trial is set to begin May 14.

The records say Eckard, of McCool Junction, used the cigarette Sept. 15 to burn her daughter three times on a hand.

The records also say her mother told the girl to say the wounds occurred while playing in a bouncy house.

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