A northeastern Pennsylvania grandmother is charged in the suffocation death of her 14-month-old granddaughter



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HAZLETON, Pennsylvania — A northeastern Pennsylvania grandmother is charged in the suffocation death of her 14-month-old granddaughter.

Pietrina Hoffman, of Mahanoy City, was arraigned Friday in Schuylkill County.

Police accuse 52-year-old Hoffman of smothering Navaeh Doyle on Jan. 10 while she was babysitting the toddler.

An autopsy determined the girl died from asphyxia by smothering. She was sent to county prison without bail pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 25.

No lawyer information for Hoffman was listed in online court documents.

No other details were available.

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