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Louisville couple charged with child abuse resulting in death

January 24, 2019

A couple from Louisville, Nebraska, have been charged with child abuse resulting in the death of one of their twin daughters and bodily injury to the other.

Kassandra A. Krutina, 20, and David J. Krutina Jr., 23, each faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted on both charges. Each is free after posting 10 percent of their $10,000 bail amount.

According to an affidavit filed in Cass County, the Krutinas’ twin daughters Samantha and Charlotte were born prematurely, at 27 weeks, on Feb. 19, 2018. The girls, whose birth weights were 2 pounds, 3.3 ounces and 2 pounds, 5 ounces respectively, were discharged April 28 from the neonatal intensive care unit at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy. At that time, Samantha weighed 4 pounds, 13.3 ounces and Charlotte weighed 4 pounds, 9.2 ounces.

On Sept. 1, the Krutinas brought the twins to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha after she became unresponsive. Samantha weighed just 4 pounds, 6.6 ounces and died the same day.

Charlotte, who weighed 5 pounds, 4.7 ounces that day, was admitted to the hospital after being checked for the same malnourishment symptoms as Samantha. She later was found to have rickets, which causes bones to become brittle.

Doctors reported that the twin girls were “severely malnourished.” Charlotte has since been placed with David Krutina’s grandparents and is now thriving, the affidavit said.

An autopsy attended by an investigator from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office found that Samantha’s cause of death was sepsis complicating severe malnourishment. A pediatrician who is an expert on child abuse told the investigator that there was “no medical explanation for the twins’ lack of weight gain.”

The couple also have two other children, ages 5 and 1½.

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