Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Douglas T. Haney
A girl is in an Omaha hospital fighting for her life and a North Platte man is in jail after an fun time on the lake went horribly wrong Monday night at Lake Maloney.The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office said at 5: 57 p.m., officers were advised of a boating accident near south beach at Lake Maloney.
First responders found a nine-year-old girl with critical injuries to her leg, arm and head. She was transported to Great Plains Health, flown to a Kearney hospital and then on to Omaha for additional treatment for massive injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s statement said initial reports suggest that the driver of the boat, Doug Haney, 53, was driving close to the shore line at a high rate of speed, pulling two girls on a flotation device. The driver apparently made a sharp turn near some rip-rap (rocks) on the shore and the girls were thrown into the rocks. The other girl sustained minor injuries.
The boat reportedly drove away after rescue personal left with the victim. Law officers found it at Frontier Resort and eventually contacted Haney, the suspected driver. The sheriff’s office said Haney appeared to be intoxicated and refused to take a field sobriety test.
Haney was charged with operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, plus two counts of felony child abuse, and he was taken to the Lincoln County jail, where he submtted to a chemical blood alcohol test. The results are not yet known, the sheriff’s office said at noon Tuesday. His bond is set at $100,000.
The next day, Doug's wife Mary was charged will being an accessory, as well as child abuse. She was cited at the jail and released.
Investigators believe Mary helped her husband try to conceal evidence from law officers.
The sheriff's office said the joint investigation with Nebraska Game and Parks is ongoing.