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Minneapolis teen charged with kicking, stomping girlfriend’s toddler to death

MINNEAPOLIS - A 17-year-old Minneapolis boy is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's toddler. Cody Samuel Feran-Baum is accused of kicking and stomping on 2-year-old Sophia O'Neill on June 9 when he was babysi...

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MINNEAPOLIS - A 17-year-old Minneapolis boy is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend’s toddler.

Cody Samuel Feran-Baum is accused of kicking and stomping on 2-year-old Sophia O’Neill on June 9 when he was babysitting her in his grandparents’ home, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. The girl died the next day at Hennepin County Medical Center after Feran-Baum asked a neighbor to help him take her to the hospital.

The neighbor, seeing that the child was cold and clammy and turning blue, called 911 instead.

Doctors discovered numerous bruises on the girl and during surgery found serious internal injuries including a kidney split in half and lacerations to her stomach and intestine. She also had rib fractures consistent with inflicted injury, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl was declared dead at 9:16 p.m., about 8½ hours after she was taken to the hospital.

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Feran-Baum admitted kicking the girl, according to the complaint. He told investigators he found it overwhelming when the girl wouldn’t stop crying and he “kinda snapped on her.”

He said he tried putting her in “time-out,” feeding her and laying her down. Finally, he told investigators, he put the girl in the corner and kicked her twice in the back.

Investigators asked Feran-Baum to rate the kick on a scale of 1-10. He told investigators “it was bad. It was like a 7. It was hard.”

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