17-year-old charged with murder in connection with toddler's death

Mike Freeman announced Monday that Cody Feran-Baum, 17, of Minneapolis was charged with second-degree murder of two-year-old Minneapolis girl, Sophia O'Neill. There will be a certification trial to determine if Feran-Baum should be tried as an adult for the death of the child.

Officers said, last Wednesday afternoon they were dispatched to the 3800 block of 30th Avenue South, where they found the child not breathing. Paramedics transported her to the Hennepin County Medical Center to be worked on.

The 20-year-old mother arrived before the ambulance left and explained to the officers she left the child with her boyfriend, Feran-Baum, earlier that day. Feran-Baum is not the father of the child, but the three of them had been living with his grandparents.

The child died about nine hours later. Doctors found 11 injuries on her, including wounds on her kidneys, liver, ribs, and lungs.

The medical records were used to bring the charge. "This was a brutal beating that is almost beyond comprehension," Freeman said. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines call for between 128 and 180 months in prison, but a harsher sentence may be given.

In an interview with the police, Feran-Baum said the child wouldn't stop crying and that he "tried to get her to stop." He then admitted that he "snapped on her" by kicking her twice in the back, laying her on the floor and stomping on her back.


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