Baby Sophia who was born with cerebral palsy had been in Jake Jensen’s care while her mum Stephanie, 23, was at work
A UTAH man is accused of abusing and killing his then-girlfriend’s disabled toddler after it was first thought she’d died of a seizure.
Jake Jensen, 29, was charged on Monday with felony child abuse and child abuse homicide for the 2016 death of his now-wife Stephanie’s 19-month-old daughter Sophia – who was born with cerebral palsy.
Jake Jensen, 29, was charged with abusing and killing his wife Stephanie’s daughter Sophia in January 2016
Baby Sophia had been in Jensen’s care while mum Stephanie, 23, was at work
Since Sophia’s death, the couple from Salt Lake City married four months ago and welcomed their first child together in June – another girl.
Their daughter was christened on Sunday – just a day before Jensen’s arrest .
Prosecutors filed charges against Jensen in after a final autopsy completed in January found child abuse may have led to the seizures and baby Sophia’s death, according to charging documents obtained by Deseret News.
It stated she suffered an “un-survivable brain injury due to lack of oxygen to her brain”.
Doctors said one of the baby’s legs was broken and the other was injured.
The tot also suffered head and eye injuries.
Since Sophia’s death, the couple married four months ago and welcomed their first child together in June
Jensen was charged on Monday – a day after his newborn’s christening
He faces felony child abuse and child abuse homicide charges for the 2016 death of 19-month-old Sophia
Doctors said the injuries were consistent with “severe child abuse” and not something the baby could have done to herself or caused by an accident.
Sophia, who died in January 4, 2016, had been in Jensen’s care while her mum Stephanie, 23, was at work.
Her death has been investigated ever since Jensen gave conflicting statements about her final hours.
Two days before her death, police reportedly responded to a call after her mum Stephanie returned home from work to find her daughter having a seizure.
The baby girl had stopped seizing by the time cops arrived, and the mother and her boyfriend declined to have Sophia transported to the hospital.
Baby Sophia was born with cerebral palsy and needed extra care
Her mum, Stephanie, 23, was at work at the time of her death
Instead, they reportedly told police they would take her to see a doctor themselves.
Court documents state just days later, the baby suffered another seizure while in Jensen’s care.
Jensen originally told police he gave the baby a bottle when she woke up and her legs and arms went stiff.
At the time of her death baby Sophia had injuries consistent with having been abused
Then he later admitted he had found the baby unresponsive and apparently having a seizure.
The baby was rushed to the hospital where she never regained consciousness.
Following Sophia’s death, the couple set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs and then ran a second campaign to help with medical expenses which they said were not covered by insurance.
No charges have been filed against Stephanie.
Jensen’s bail has been set at £384,000.