Woman Convicted in Death of Child in Schuylkill County

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POTTSVILLE -- A jury has convicted a woman in the death of a child in Schuylkill County.

Pietrina Hoffman was on trial for killing 14-month-old Neveah Doyle in January of 2016.

Doyle was found dead on the floor in Hoffman's home on West Centre Street in Mahanoy City.

Hoffman was found guilty of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and aggravated assault. She was also found guilty on several lesser charges.

Jury deliberations began on Wednesday after Hoffman's defense called no witnesses.

"I'm not guilty," Hoffman said.

Even after the guilty verdict was read in court, Pietrina Hoffman still says she's innocent.

After less than two days of testimony, a jury found Hoffman guilty of murder in the death of Neveah Doyle. The child died in January of 2016.

An autopsy shows the baby was smothered to death and was dead for hours before police got to the scene.

The jury convicted Hoffman of all charges against her except for one. The most severe of those charges was third-degree murder.

"Neveah, she can rest in peace now. Riena got what she deserved," said the victim's adoptive father Louis Gray.

Doyle's mother gave her up at birth to Cecilia Gray who used to date Hoffman's son. She allowed Hoffman to watch Neveah from time to time. She's satisfied with the verdict.

"I feel really good, really good. I just wish I knew what happened," said Cecelia Gray.

So are the prosecutors and investigators assigned to the case.

"This case has been hanging over everybody's heads for the last year and a half and I'm ecstatic to see justice was served today," said Mahanoy City Police Officer T.J. Rentschler.

"Nevaeh is heaven spelled backwards," said Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman. "Nevaeh, I hope you are resting in peace in heaven."

Hoffman is in the Schuylkill County Prison. She will be sentenced within the next two months. The third-degree murder conviction alone means she could spend somewhere between 20 to 40 years in prison.


    • Scott

      That’s what we found strange that her lawyer didn’t call any witnesses and they were going to have witnesses speak on behalf of Mrs. Hoffman/Williams but never did . Before this all happened ,court I mean , she was offered a plea deal and she changed her mind from guilty to not guilty and that is why she went to trial

  • Scott

    Foreman here on the Hoffman trial , if you have any questions on what went on in that courtroom just ask ok

      • Scott

        I will go to sleep knowing that a 14 month old child got justice today and just to let you know that mrs Hoffman will get what she deserves. Who in their right mind pops 2500 mgs and tries to take care of 2 toddlers . They were just n her care and for every action there is a reaction Rest In Peace now young Nevaeh peace be with you

    • Steven

      It wasn’t rina. Nevaeh’s “mother” is a drug addict, passes her kids around so she doesn’t have to have them, and has lost other kids to the same things that led to Nevaeh’s death. Before you go on here running your face about things you don’t know, take a step back and learn the whole story.


      Mahanoy city is very similar to Shamokin. Abandoned row homes, many on bath salts and People meandering on foot or atv with reckless abandon and velcro shoes, high school or fire company gear on. But hey with that said Frackville my hometown is my safe haven to be quiet honest. You cannot beat back alley walking there. Mall might close soon, but we got a new GNC for all the semi pro football players in the area to get buff.

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