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Parents of girl found dead appear in court


DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -- Two people charged in the death of a South Sioux City, Nebraska girl, made their first appearance in court Tuesday.

They're the parents of 2-month-old Abrieana Rene Mace, who was found dead last Tuesday.

Twenty-three-year-old Nicole Ramirez, and 35-year-old Lorenzo Guzman, both face charges of child abuse, resulting in death. If found guilty, the maximum sentence for both is life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

Both have been in the Dakota County Jail for the last week, on $250,000 bond each.

In court filings obtained Tuesday, Ramirez made a written request saying, "I am requesting a bond reduction because I need to make bail so I can go bury my daughter. I never hurt her or neglected her. Please let me bury her."

South Sioux City police say, when they were called out to the couple's home, they found Abrieana in the chair, where her parents say she'd been for the last seven hours.

An initial investigation shows the girl likely died of asphyxiation after rolling over, and lying face down. Court documents show Guzman laid her on the chair with a bottle, and left her. She was dead when authorities arrived.

Ramirez and Guzman will both be back in court about a month from now, for their preliminary hearings.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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