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Mom Marries Boyfriend Accused Of Killing Her 19-Month-Old Disabled Daughter A Year After Death

They just had another kid together.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A Salt Lake City man has been charged in the death of his wife's daughter.

According to Deseret News, 29-year-old Jake Don Jensen has been charged with child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony, and child abuse in the death of a 19-month-old girl.

The charges stem from a January 2016 incident, in which the toddler was having a seizure. Jensen and the child's mother (then-girlfriend) Stephanie Mahaffey Jensen refused on-site care and told emergency personnel that they would take the girl to the doctor soon.

Two days later, the child had another seizure and was taken to the hospital early the next morning. She "never regained consciousness," per the charges. Doctors discovered that the child's legs had been broken and were in various stages of healing, but the parents never reported broken bones. They believed the injuries were "most 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."

According to Crime Onlinethe child reportedly was disabled and had cerebral palsy. The child's name has been reported by news outlets as either Sophia or Sophie.

Following the final autopsy this January, the cause of death was ruled as homicide. Despite the incident, Jensen and the child's mother were married after the girl's death. They recently had another child together.

Jensen is currently being held on $500,000 bail. His wife has not been charged.

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