The sister of murder suspect Nikko Jenkins is — at least temporarily — losing her three children while she deals with her own legal troubles.
Melonie Jenkins is being held in the Douglas County Jail on $250,000 bail. She's charged with two counts of witness tampering.
She also could face unrelated charges, authorities have said, connected to the four killings her brother is accused of committing.
Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Wadie Thomas Jr. ruled Wednesday that Melonie's three children will live with relatives for now. A court hearing is scheduled for next month.
The ages of all of the children were not disclosed, however, a boy is 4 years old.
Nikko Jenkins, 26, is being held without bail, charged with four counts of first-degree murder. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has described him as an “indiscriminate killer.”
He's accused in the shooting deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on Aug. 11; Curtis Bradford on Aug. 19; and Andrea Kruger on Aug. 21.
Jenkins is a convicted robber who was released from a 10½-year prison term in late July.
His other sister, Erica Jenkins, was arrested on a Sarpy County criminal mischief warrant. She's now charged in Douglas County with assaulting a jail guard and two inmates.
Her bail was set at $350,000.