Girlfriend on trial in babysitting death of beau's toddler

August 22, 2017 - 10:24 am

CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman is on trial on charges she killed her ex-boyfriend's 2-year-old daughter after while babysitting the girl nearly four years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Cody Lander testified Monday that he and the defendant, 22-year-old Jennifer Medzie, argued the night before his daughter was injured. Lander says Medzie complained the girl "always cried for her" and Lander says Medzie told him he had to choose being with the girl or with Medzie.

Police say Medzie was watching Sophia Lander at a Bradford Township home the next day, Nov. 15, 2013, when Medzie told police the child fainted in her arms. Doctors later concluded the girl had been shaken violently and she died three days later.

The child reportedly had the flu the night before she became unresponsive. Medzie has denied the first- and third-degree murder charges she faces.

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