Medical examiner releases report in stomping death of 2-year-old Minneapolis girl

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Friday officially ruled the death of 2-year-old Sophia O'Neill a homicide, due to blunt force injuries. Cody Feran-Baum, 17, of Minneapolis was charged Monday with second-degree murder for allegedly kicking and stomping on the girl when she wouldn't stop crying.

On the afternoon of June 10, Minneapolis police responded to the 3800 block of 30th Avenue South, where they found Sophia unresponsive. The girl's 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.

Sophia about 9 hours later. Doctors found 11 injuries on her, including wounds on her kidneys, liver, ribs, and lungs.

"This was a brutal beating that is almost beyond comprehension," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

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.

The Minnesota sentencing guidelines call for between 128 and 180 months in prison, but a harsher sentence may be given.

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