Penn. woman accused of suffocating granddaughter to death

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MAHANOY CITY, Penn. – A woman who was supposed to be looking after her granddaughters is being accused of murdering one of them and starving another.

Pietrina C. Hoffman, 52, is being charged in the death of a 15-month-old child who she was taking care for, Mahanoy City police said Friday.

Autopsy showed the girl identified as Naveh Doyle died by suffocation, according to authorities.

“I didn’t do nothing, I don’t know,” Hoffman told WNEP while walking out of a district magistrate’s office. “I don’t remember.”

The child died in January, while at Hoffman’s home in Manhanoy City. She allegedly left the corpse on the floor of her home for hours before calling 911. Her two-year-old sister, who was also in the care of Hoffman, was found with early signs of starvation by authorities.

Although Hoffman denies involvement the baby’s death, she admitted to taking sleeping pills and “blacking out” before realizing the baby was dead in the morning, according to WNEP.

She also faces other charges, including aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of the children, recklessly endangering one another, drug paraphernalia and prohibited weapons.