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Father Found Naked Gets Charged with Killing his 8-Month-Old Daughter

State police say troopers found the father naked near the Tioga County motel where the family had been living, and he directed them to the pond where the baby was floating face down

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What to Know

  • A 25-year-old man has been charged with killing his 8-month-old daughter, who was found in an upstate New York pond
  • Police say troopers found the father naked near the Tioga County motel, and he directed them to a pond where the baby was floating face down
  • Cody Franciscovich has been charged with first-degree murder

A 25-year-old man has been charged with killing his 8-month-old daughter, who was found in an upstate New York pond.

State police say troopers responding to a 911 call reporting the baby missing Sunday morning found Cody Franciscovich naked near the Tioga County motel where the family had been living for several weeks. Troopers say Franciscovich directed them to a pond where the baby, Ruby Franciscovich, was floating face down.

The baby was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Franciscovich is in Tioga County Jail without bail, charged with first-degree murder. He’s due back in court on Wednesday. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer to comment.

Two other children, age 2 and 4, were turned over to another family member.

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