A young father is facing life in prison after he was arrested for raping his 8-month-old child before murdering her and dumping her body in a cemetery pond.
25-year-old Cody A. Franciscovich from New York was found by the authorities walking naked on Route 17C in Tioga after leaving the Deep Well Motel where he was staying together with his daughter.
While one of the emergency calls related to the case led the cops to arresting the naked man, the other one, initiated by the mother of the child, pleaded with the authorities to perform a welfare check on the 8-month-old because she was missing from the motel.
Following the arrest, Franciscovich led the authorities to the crime scene where they found the lifeless body of the 8-month-old floating face-down in a pond near St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
According to the reports, Cody was living with the mother of their child at the motel for several months. After the murder of his daughter, the girl’s older siblings, aged 2 and 4, have been placed in the care of another family member.
As the documents stated, Franciscovich “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.”
Despite strong evidence against him, the father-of-three pleaded not guilty and was represented by public defenders when he appeared in Tioga Town Court for hearing. He is being held without bail and is awaiting sentence.
If found guilty of the charges, the man could face life in jail.
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