Feran-Baum to fight going to adult court in toddler's death


Cody Feran-Baum, charged in June with second-degree murder in the death of a two-year-old girl, will fight to have his case kept in juvenile court, rather than be tried as an adult, his lawyer told a Hennepin County Juvenile Court judge Thursday.

Judge Nancy Brasel set Sept. 8 for the contested adult certification hearing for the 17-year-old Feran-Baum. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Aug. 14.


Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Teresa Froehlke informed Judge Brasel at the beginning of the 10-minute hearing to determine whether to certify Feran-Baum as an adult that the psychological report on him had arrived just before the start of the hearing.


Feran-Baum’s lawyer, Bobby Joe Champion, told Judge Brasel that as a result, he had not had a chance to read it or discuss it with Feran-Baum and his family. He requested a contested certification hearing and wanted the 30-day deadline for that type of hearing extended to 90 days, which the judge granted.

According to the juvenile petition filed June 15, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 3800 block of 30th Avenue South shortly after noon on June 10 on a call of a child not breathing. The 20-year-old mother arrived before the ambulance left and told officers that she left daughter Sophia O’Neill with her boyfriend, Feran-Baum, earlier in the day. Feran-Baum is not the girl’s father, the petition states.

O’Neill died almost nine hours later and the doctors said she had multiple bruises, including extensive bruising to back and abdomen. 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, according to the petition.

The petition also states that in an interview with police, Feran-Baum admitted that when O’Neill wouldn’t stop crying, he kicked the child twice in the back and then laid her on the floor and stomped on her back.