Teen boy stomps, kicks two-year-old to death, police say

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MINNESOTA — A Minnesota teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter.

The 17-year-old suspect is currently charged as a juvenile. He made his first court appearance Monday, June 15th at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center, where it was announced there would be a certification trial to determine if he should be tried as an adult.

A juvenile petition states that authorities were dispatched to a home in Minneapolis around 12:35 p.m. on June 10th on a report of a child not breathing.

The child, two-year-old Sophia O’Neill, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where she died almost nine hours later.

Sophia O'Neill

Sophia O’Neill

Doctors said the girl had “multiple bruises, including extensive bruising to back and abdomen. Specifically, the doctors who tried to save O’Neill found that she had a split kidney, split pancreas, liver damage, rib fractures, both new and healing, a collapsed lung and other cuts and bruises,” a statement from the Hennepin County Attorney said, citing the juvenile petition.

The child’s 20-year-old mother told authorities that she left her daughter with her boyfriend earlier that day.

A neighbor told police that the 17-year-old knocked on his door around 12:25 p.m. and asked to use his cell phone. The teen returned about 10 minutes later carrying the child, according to the statement. The neighbor told authorities he called 911 and began performing CPR on the child.

“In an interview with police, (the suspect) admitted that when she wouldn’t stop crying, he kicked the child twice in the back and then laid her on the floor and stomped on her back,” the statement added, citing the petition.

A pretrial hearing was set for July 9th during which the court will consider whether to certify the suspect as an adult.

“This was a brutal beating that is almost beyond comprehension,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

“This investigation continues and if (the suspect) should be convicted, we will determine if there are legal factors that would allow us to seek a harsher sentence,” Freeman added.

15 comments

  • CYNIC

    I hate reading about this kind of thing. If I could quit my job and make a career of punishing people like this I wouldn’t hesitate. Justice should be swift, violent, and final. If this guy gets juvi and is out in a few years, then our system is truly broken.

    • B

      It’s going to depend on the laws of that state. Some states are changing how long someone under 18 can be sentenced even when tried as an adult. I don’t know what Minnesota does. I know he can’t get the death penalty due to his age, and due to the fact that Minnesota does not have the death penalty.

  • MissRene

    If he is old enough to play house with a 20 yr old woman, he should be charged as an adult…and what is wrong with the mother, dating a 17 year old?

  • Dawn

    He needs to be charged as an adult. He knew what he was doing. The mother should also be charged too for allowing it to happen. It says that there was bruising healing as well.

  • s holmes

    The only thing that will help other young kids now is a long sentence for this sick guy like manson got. I hope there is some way to use the death penalty here also.

  • Adam

    I’m 20. I’d love to sit him down and do that same thing to him. Too bad it wouldn’t be legal. POS.

  • asdf

    not surprising.
    liberalism teaches that children are an inconvenience – they get in the way of you having the fun you deserve to have

  • readdeeply

    Last I checked, 17 is not even a legal adult. What was this woman doing with a minor as a boyfriend? And how on earth did the child come to have power in her household than she did? No one can convince me the mother didn’t know the kid-boyfriend was severely abusing this poor child. She is culpable and I hope she faces charges.

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