SHENANDOAH, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman has been convicted of third-degree murder in the suffocation death of her 14-month-old granddaughter.

Pietrina Hoffman maintained her innocence as the guilty verdict was read Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the Mahanoy City woman was babysitting Navaeh Doyle in January 2016 when she fell off a couch onto the toddler, suffocating her. They say Hoffman had taken several medications, creating “a recipe for disaster.”

Prosecutors say Hoffman did not immediately call for help.

The defense acknowledged that Hoffman had taken medications but said she did nothing criminal. Her lawyer said she had no reason to kill the child and was distraught about what happened.

Sentencing will be scheduled within the next two months.

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