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Two charged in connection with infant's death

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -- A South Sioux City, Nebraska girl is dead and two people are behind bars. Police are still sorting out details, putting a case together.

South Sioux City police chief Scot Ford says his department received the call around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Officers were called out to a home "B" Street, where they found two-month-old Abrieana Rene Mace on a recliner. Chief Ford says Abrieana was already dead when they arrived.

At this point, officials do not have an official cause of death, but Ford says they're looking into asphyxiation: a lack of oxygen to the brain. However, he says there were no signs of strangulation.

Two adults inside the home say Abrieana had been on the recliner since 5 a.m., and wasn't checked up on until around noon. Ford says, that remark, the position of the child, and conditions inside the home led police to arrest Abrieana's mother, Nicole Ramirez, and Lorenzo Guzman. Authorities are still trying to determine the relationship between Guzman and the Abrieana. The two have been charged with child abuse, and are currently in the Dakota County Jail.

Ford says, the charge of child abuse covers a large amount of situations, anywhere from child neglect, to a physical assault.

He says there were two other young children in the home at the time. They're now in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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