United States: PhD student accused of murdering baby

United States: PhD student accused of murdering baby
United States: PhD student accused of murdering baby

A doctoral student in psychology at the University of California at San Diego is accused of killing the baby of one of her friends by smashing her skull on June 15.

Nicole Virzi was babysitting her friend’s six-week-old baby Leon Katz in Pittsburgh when the child suffered a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage, according to local station “WTAE.”

The 29-year-old student had to watch little Leon as his mother headed to the hospital with the toddler’s twin brother. He allegedly suffered injuries to his genitals due to Nicole Virzi.

“The injuries sustained by both [jumeaux] correspond to cases of abuse, because these are injuries that are neither natural nor accidental,” a doctor told detectives, according to a criminal complaint reported Tuesday.

Attorney David Shrager, who represents Nicole Virzi, has denied the allegations.

“She is a loving person and a friend to these people and she would never harm anyone’s children,” he said. She is a Ph.D. She has been friends with the family for a long time.”

Nicole Virzi has no criminal record. She was charged with homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children. The student is being held until her next court appearance next Friday.

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