Tioga, upstate NY man, Cody Franciscovich is arrested after sexually assaulting his 8 month old baby daughter, Rudy Franciscovich and then murdering her.
An upstate New York man has been accused of raping his 8-month-old infant daughter before killing her in a cemetery according to reports.
Cody Franciscovich, 25, of Tioga, was naked when he was arrested near the Deep Well Motel in Tioga County on Sunday after the girl’s mother requested a welfare check, telling a dispatcher that Franciscovich had left the motel with the infant earlier, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports.
State troopers found Franciscovich along a road west of the motel on Route 17C – where the man led investigators to a pond behind nearby St. Patrick’s Cemetery, where his baby daughter, Ruby Franciscovich, was found floating face down about 25 feet from the water’s edge.
The girl was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Johnson City.
The manner and cause of the child’s death remained unclear.
Cody A. Franciscovich is lead into Tioga Town Court for arraignment.
Franciscovich, 25, is accused of killing his 8-month-old daughter Ruby. pic.twitter.com/6hLIvmeU4N
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Suspect had been living at a motel for two months before Sunday’s events:
Franciscovich appearing in court on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge and is due back in court on Friday. While he has not been formally charged with rape, a felony complaint filed in Tioga Town Court detailed the allegations against him.
“On the aforementioned date and place, the abovementioned defendant did knowingly and intentionally commit the crime of murder in the first-degree when in the immediate flight thereafter of committing the crimes of rape in the first degree and criminal sex act in the first degree he killed his eight month old daughter,” the complaint obtained by Binghamton Press read.
Franciscovich, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, remained held without bail at a jail in Tioga County.
Attorneys for Franciscovich — public defenders George Awad and Tom Cline — declined to offer comment when approached by Scallywagandvagabond.com. No known motive for the father’s actions to date have been offered.
Unclear is how the father came to be in possession of the child and how the father ended up at a motel with the baby and the mother’s whereabouts.
Investigators say the family had been staying at the Deep Well Motel for about two months. How the family ended up at the venue was unknown along with where they lived prior to arriving at the motel.
WNBF reported a make-shift memorial growing close to the site where Ruby Franciscovich was discovered in a pond just west of Owego.
A vigil for the girl will be held at the cemetery at 8 p.m. Monday. Organizers are asking anyone who plans on attending to wear red in the girl’s honor.
A memorial of balloons & stuffed animals at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tioga County.
Ruby Franciscovich, an 8-month-old baby, was found in a pond behind the cemetery on Sunday.
Cody Franciscovich, 25, has been charged with murdering the infant. pic.twitter.com/vnhfyk5zFB
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