MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An 18-year-old is sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for the beating death of a 2-year-old girl in June.

A Hennepin County District Judge handed down the sentence — which was double the sentencing guidelines — to Cody Feran-Baum in the death of 2-year-old Sophia O’Neill, his girlfriend’s daughter. Police say the girl died of internal injuries after Feran-Baum kicked and stomped her.

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The victim, Sophia O'Neill (credit: CBS)

The victim, Sophia O’Neill (credit: CBS)

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According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, the sentence is particularly harsh because Feran-Baum admitted to the court that he was in a position of trust over the child, which made the crime particularly cruel. They also said his initial lies in the investigation interfered with her medical treatment.

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After the young girls grandmother and great-grandmother read impact statements to the court, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office says Feran-Baum was asked if he wanted to say anything to the court, but was overcome with emotion, and said, “I can’t.” His attorney spoke on his behalf instead.