New Judge Ordered in Child Abuse Case

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A new judge will take over the child abuse trial of a former Brenham nurse and her boyfriend.

Abigail Young and Lucas Coe are charged with causing the June 27 death of Young's 4-year-old daughter Emma Thompson.

Coe's attorney requested the change after Judge Mary Lou Keel released Coe on a $100,000 bond, then changed her mind and ordered him back in court two days later to take a drug test. When he couldn't, he was taken back into custody. Administrative Judge Olen Underwood said Judge Keel was being recused to avoid any appearance of partiality and unfairness.

Coe is charged with Emma's sexual assault and injury to a child. Young is charged with injury to a child. She was arrested at Trinity Medical Center after her first day at work in August.

No trial dates have been scheduled and it is not known whether the couple will be tried together or separately.