Feran-Baum sentenced to 25 years in prison for beating death of two-year-old girl


Cody Feran-Baum was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the second-degree, unintentional murder in the beating death of two-year-old Sophia O’Neill, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Hennepin County District Court Judge William Koch sentenced Feran-Baum, 18, of Minneapolis, to 25 years in prison, double the sentencing guidelines. The sentence, sought by the County Attorney’s Office, is significantly longer than a person with no criminal history would normally get because Feran-Baum admitted that he was in a position of trust over the child, that his treatment of her was particularly cruel, and that his lies interfered with her medical treatment.

The paternal grandmother and great-grandmother wrote about their sorrow and pain of losing two-year-old Sophia in an impact statement, which was read by Hennepin County Attorney Teresa Froehlke. Feran-Baum dabbed his eyes and when asked if he wanted to say anything, said, “I can’t.”

Feran-Baum’s lawyer told the court that Feran-Baum, from the beginning, said he wanted to take responsibility for the girl’s death and not put the family through any more and that’s why the case was resolved in six months.

Feran-Baum was given credit for 196 days served so far and ordered to pay $6,854 in restitution.