Judge Denies Request to Increase Bond for Nanny
Omaha, NE - 24-year-old Sarah Cullen waived her right to a preliminary hearing today in Douglas County court. Prosecutors, however, had several requests for the judge.
Deputies arrested Cullen earlier this month in connection with the death of four-month-old Cash Bell. Investigators say the baby had head trauma that occurred while he was in Cullen's care. Cash Bell later died at a hospital.
The Douglas County Attorney's Office tells us they asked a judge on Thursday to review Cullen's bond. A judge set it at $50,000 last Friday. Prosecutors wanted that increased. They cited new information for the request.
Brenda Beadle with the Douglas County Attorney's Office says they received an anonymous tip from someone claiming to be Cullen's former co-worker. The tipster said they worked together at a daycare facility, and that a baby there was injured with a cut lip while in Cullen's care.
Beadle said they do not believe that was ever reported, but police are looking into it now.
Cullen is a pregnant mom. Beadle said her office asked the judge that Cullen not be allowed contact with her child or her unborn child after the baby's birth. They also wanted a judge to order no contact between Cullen and the victim's family. According to Beadle, the family received mail in their mailbox from Cullen. She described it as apologetic in nature.
The judge denied all of the prosecution's requests.
Cullen is currently out of jail on bond.