The Count I felony charge of aiding and abetting child abuse was dismissed against Katie Payne, (a.k.a. Katie Scoville) in Kearney County Court Thursday afternoon by deputy Kearney County Attorney Bryan McQuay.
The charge of aiding and abetting was dismissed as part of a agreement for her cooperation.
The charge can be filed again by the state.
Payne waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Count II, accessory to a felony.
Payne was bound over to be tried in district court on the accessory to a felony charge, a Class III felony carrying a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, $25,000 fine or both or a minimum of one year imprisonment.
Bond will remain at $500,000 with the current restrictions and conditions.
No hearing dates have be set.
Katie Payne, Charles Turnell, and Sharon Turnell were charged in Kearney County in July with aiding and abetting child abuse leading to death and being an accessory to a felony in the December 22, 2009 death of four-year-old Landon Payne.
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