DA Shaw Announces Homicide Charges for Baby Sophia Death
CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that charges have been filed against an Allport woman for the November 15, 2013, death of two-year-old Sophia Hoffman.
Shaw identified the defendant as Jennifer Medzie, age 21, of Allport, Clearfield County.
On August 25, 2016, Trooper David Patrick of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Medzie with: 1) Criminal Homicide; 2) Aggravated Assault; 3) Endangering the Welfare of Children; 4) Simple Assault; and 5) Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
An affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Patrick states that on the night of November 14, 2013, Baby Sophia went to sleep in her pack-in-play where she slept until the next morning. Baby Sophia’s father left for work around 5:00 a.m. and before doing so checked on the child and found her to be sleeping in her room without issue. At approximately 6:30 a.m. on the same day, the Defendant, who had been living with the father since September 2013, woke up. At approximately 7:20 a.m. the Defendant went to Baby Sophia’s room and found the child awake. The Defendant then took Baby Sophia to the living room and began to take her out of her footie pajamas. The Defendant asked the child if she peed in her diaper. The Defendant made the child sit on her potty chair in the family room. The Defendant then cleaned Baby Sophia and began to dress her. While dressing, Baby Sophia went limp and the Defendant called for assistance. At approximately 8:45 a.m. emergency services were called and Baby Sophia was taken to the Clearfield Hospital Emergency Room. Baby Sophia was then taken by Life Flight to the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Baby Sophia was examined at Children’s Hospital and found to have suffered abusive head trauma including bilateral subdural hematomas and retinal hemorrhaging. Baby Sophia died and an autopsy revealed that she suffered from global-hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy resulting from blunt force trauma to the head. A pathologist report indicates that Baby Sophia would have become symptomatic within minutes of receiving the injuries and this would be inconsistent with the Defendant’s statement that she was dressing the child and the child went limp.
Medzie was arraigned this morning by Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling. Medzie is currently incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 31, 2016, at the Clearfield County Jail.
Shaw stated that he was extremely proud of the Pennsylvania State Police for their tireless efforts at pursuing this very terrible crime. Shaw reported that many obstacles and hurdles had to be overcome to move this investigation forward. Shaw thanked Trooper Patrick and the entire State Police for not giving up on their efforts to seek justice for Baby Sophia. Shaw noted that this is an extremely complicated case and Baby Sophia deserves our very best effort at seeing justice done. Shaw also thanked the many medical experts and practitioners who provided guidance and support during this lengthy investigation. Shaw explained that this case was presented to the Child Death Review Team established by the Office of Attorney General and the insight gained from such a dedicated group of professionals was critical to the investigation.
Shaw also thank Clearfield County Coroner Mike Morris for his assistance with the investigation. Shaw explained that Coroner Morris helped us every step of the way and his efforts and diligence during this investigation are greatly appreciated.
Anyone with knowledge or information about a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700.
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at “www.ClearfieldDA.org” and selecting “Report A Crime”.
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