Clearfield, PA – Jennifer Medzie has been found guilty of causing the death of 2-year-old Sophia Hoffman-Lauder in 2013.

The 22-year-old Allport woman is said to have caused “abusive head trauma” to the toddler while she was taking care of the girl for about six weeks while Cody Lauder, Medzie’s boyfriend at the time, was working.

During that time, witnesses say that Sophia’s health rapidly declined until her death in November of 2013.

Although Medzie repeatedly denied purposefully harming the child, the deliberation from the jury was quick and decisive. Jennifer Medzie was found guilty of third degree murder.

She’ll be sentenced within the next 60 days. She could face up to 40 years in prison.


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