Clearfield, PA – Jennifer Medzie has been sentenced for causing the death of 2-year-old Sophia Hoffman-Lauder in 2013. The 22-year-old Allport woman will spend 20 to 40 years in state prison.
Medzie is accused of causing “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.
The Lauder family asked for a maximum sentence, while friends and family of the woman wrote letters in her defense.
Medzie repeatedly denied purposefully harming the child, but the judge says that the evidence clearly showed that the girl was shaken and beaten.
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