Tioga County man charged with murder of 8-month-old daughter

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TOWN OF TIOGA (WBNG) — The latest on the death of an infant in Tioga County.

2:20 p.m.

New York State Police say a Tioga County father is charged with the murder of his eight-month-old daughter.

According to police, Tioga County 911 Dispatch received a call at 7:14 a.m. Sunday to check on the welfare of the child, Ruby Franciscovich, who was missing from the Deep Well Motel in the town of Tioga, where her family lives.

“We have indications it was probably shortly before 6 a.m. they left the motel,” said New York State Police Captain Scott Heggelke.

Authorities say troopers learned Ruby was last seen at the motel with her father, 25-year-old Cody Franciscovich. Shortly before 8 a.m., police say they received another call about a man, who police say was Franciscovich, naked on Route 17C near the hotel, and took him into custody.

Police say when they asked Cody about Ruby’s whereabouts, he directed them to a pond behind St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Responding troopers found Ruby face down in the pond about 25 feet from the shore, according to police.

Officials say a trooper went into the pond and grabbed Ruby and initiated CPR. Owego Ambulance was called to bring the infant to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City where she was pronounced dead.

Cody is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

“There will be a determination made as to whether he wants a felony hearing or he wants to waive his felony hearing, and after that the grand jury of Tioga County will probably review the case,” said Tioga County District Attorney Kirk Martin.

Cody was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder and sent to the Tioga County Jail without bail.

1:54 p.m.

New York State Police and Tioga County District Attorney Kirk Martin are holding a 2 p.m. news conference at the Owego Town Court.

State police say an update will be released on the investigation into the death of an 8-month-old girl in the town of Tioga and a related arrest.

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WBNG Staff

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