A Utah man has been arrested on murder charges for the 2016 death of his then-girlfriend’s one-year-old daughter, who reportedly had cerebral palsy.
According to the Deseret News, Jake Don Jensen, 29, is charged with felony child abuse and child abuse homicide for the 2016 death of his now-wife’s 19-month-old daughter, Sophia. Police reportedly responded to a call of a child having a seizure at the Salt Lake City home where Jensen lived with his mother, Stephanie, and her daughter. The baby girl had stopped seizing by the time police arrived, and the mother and her boyfriend declined to have Sophia transported to the hospital, telling police they would take her to see a doctor themselves.
But two days later, when the girl had yet another seizure, Stephanie and Jake had not sought medical help — and this time, Sophia never regained consciousness.
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A preliminary medical examination reportedly found that the girl had unreported broken bones in her legs, and showed signs of being beaten. According to charging documents obtained by Deseret News, the injuries leading to her death were “consistent with severe child physical abuse, given the lack of any other adequate explanation for either her broken legs or the head and eye injuries.”
The final autopsy report, completed more recently, concluded that the girl’s death was a homicide, likely caused by subdural hemorrhages that triggered the seizures. The mother was not home when her daughter had the seizures, and she and her boyfriend reportedly gave police conflicting accounts of what happened the day Sophia lost consciousness.
According to the Daily Mail, the suspect reportedly married Stephanie Jensen, 23, in March of this year, and the couple had a baby together in June.
Jake Jensen is currently being held on $500,000 bail, and Stephanie has not been charged.
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