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Grand jury hands down 2 indictments investigating the death of Juliette Geurts

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A grand jury has indicted two people in connection to the 2008 murder of a Gering toddler

Charyse Geurts and Dustin Chauncey are being charged in connection to the death of Juliette Geurts who was found dead in her crib in July, 2008.

This past summer, petitioners collected enough signatures to force a grand jury to investigate the murder.

Juliette's Aunt Monica Hall has been a crusader since the beginning to find justice…and on the day the petition was submitted, she was overwhelmed by the support from the community.

"This experience this time is beyond words," says Hall. "I mean our family could not be happier for how this is turning out and the support we've gotten for Juliette."

Dustin Chauncey appears to be the main culprit in this murder, and is charged with child abuse resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter,  and furnishing false material to authorities to impede a criminal investigation.

Mother Charyse Geurts is charged with being an accessory to a felony and also furnishing false materials to authorities to impede a criminal investigation.

Aunt Monica is pleased that there are finally indictments… but will not rest until justice is served. "We know it's a long road because there will still be a criminal trial once those indictments come out. So we have a long road to go yet. But this is a big step in that direction."

If convicted, Chauncey could be facing life in prison, while Charyse Geurts would face a maximum sentence of six years.

Banner County Attorney Jim Zimmerman was appointed special prosecutor in this case, and the Grand Jury convened in the middle of last week.

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