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Woman found guilty of murdering her 3-month-old baby girl

Posted at 4:26 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 19:28:10-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Kern County jury found a woman guilty of second-degree murder of 3-month-old Adenalie Leyva back in 2014.

Court documents detailed that on October 30, 2014, Leyva was found dead at an apartment on L Street in Downtown Bakersfield. Leyva's body had reportedly been there for several hours and had suffered more than 16 rib fractures, bacterial Pneumonia, a massive kidney infection and Sepsis.

Her parents, Vanessa Wolfe and Eddie Leyva, were charged with causing direct injuries to her and allowing her to suffer for weeks.

Trials for both parents began on October 17.

On Friday, a jury convicted Vanessa Wolfe on charges of second-degree murder and an additional charge of assault on a child causing death. She faces 25 years to life and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17.

On Thursday, a mistrial was declared for Leyva by Judge Charles Brehmer and was rescheduled for January 6. According to officials, the mistrial was declared by the judge after concerns that some jurors may have been exposed to information beyond what was presented in the trial.