California PhD Candidate Faces Murder Charges in Infant’s Death

California PhD Candidate Faces Murder Charges in Infant’s Death

A California PhD candidate has been charged with the murder of an infant boy she was babysitting, following a tragic incident in Pittsburgh.

Incident Details and Allegations

Nicole Virzi is accused of causing the death of six-and-a-half-week-old Leon Katz at his home in Pittsburgh. Police allege she inflicted a skull fracture and brain bleeds on the infant, injuries confirmed by a CT scan.

Virzi’s Defense and Lawyer’s Statement

Virzi denies any wrongdoing, and her lawyer, David Shrager, maintains her innocence, describing her as a loving person who would never harm a child.

Babysitting Incident and Timeline

Virzi was babysitting Leon Katz while his parents were at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with his twin brother, who had also sustained an injury allegedly under her care.

Virzi’s Account of Events

Virzi claims she went to get a bottle for Leon and heard him screaming. She says the baby fell out of his bouncer, prompting her to call 911.

Medical Findings and Charges

A doctor told investigators that the injuries to both twins were consistent with child abuse and not accidental. Virzi faces charges of homicide, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of children.

Current Custody and Legal Proceedings

Virzi is being held without bail at the Allegheny County Jail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 28.

Virzi’s Background and Defense

According to her LinkedIn profile, Virzi is a fifth-year clinical psychology candidate in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. Her lawyer highlights her clean criminal record and close relationship with the family.

Legal Strategy and Upcoming Court Dates

Shrager expressed a desire to present their case in court and hinted at potential efforts to alter the no-bail ruling for his client.

Community Reaction and Ongoing Investigation

As the case progresses, the community and involved parties await further developments and court proceedings to uncover the full story.

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