Case Update: Port Jervis Mother Sentenced for 2019 Exposure Death of Abandoned Newborn, Sophia Hadden

Previously, I’ve told you the story of a newborn who died on November 12, 2019 — the same day she was born — after being abandoned, naked, in a vacant lot in Port Jervis, New York. Local teenagers stumbled across the unnamed baby’s body later the same evening.

After the baby’s death, her grandmother gave her a name: Sophia Grace Hadden.

Though I’ve never seen a photo of this precious little girl, because none were taken during her mere hours of life, her story touched me so much I visited the vacant lot and left a little token in memory of Sophia, who will never be forgotten.

The memorial rock I painted for newborn Sophia Grace Hadden. (Suffer the Little Children Blog/personal photo)
(Personal photo)

Yesterday, her mother, now-24-year-old Nicole Layman, was sentenced in Orange County Court to serve four to fifteen years in prison.

Nicole Layman (24) during sentencing for 2019 exposure death of newborn Sophia Grace Hadden
Nicole Layman at sentencing.
(News12 the Bronx)

Port Jervis mother sentenced to up to 15 years for her newborn’s freezing death (News12 The Bronx)

Port Jervis mom goes to prison for leaving newborn to die in vacant lot (Mid Hudson News)

Newborn Baby Found Dead in Lot, Hudson Valley Mother Jailed (Hudson Valley Post)

No matter how you look at it, this case is deeply tragic.

Sleep well, baby Sophia. You will never be forgotten.

Click here for my previous coverage of Sophia’s story.

Sources: News12 the Bronx, Mid Hudson News, Hudson Valley Post

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