A DAD has been accused of raping his eight-month-old daughter before killing her and dumping her body in a cemetery pond.
Cody Franciscovich, 25, was naked when he was arrested after the girl's mother requested a welfare check, telling a dispatcher that he had left a New York motel with the girl on Sunday.
The 25-year-old father was arrested shortly after the call near the Deep Well Motel in Tioga County.
Cops found Franciscovich along a road west of the motel on Route 17C and he led investigators to a pond behind nearby St. Patrick’s Cemetery, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.
His eight-month-old daughter Ruby Franciscovich was found floating face down about 25 feet from the water’s edge, police told reporters on Monday.
The girl was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Johnson City.
Franciscovich pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge on Wednesday 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.
The complaint, seen by the newspaper, reads: “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."
Franciscovich, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, had no questions for a judge during Wednesday’s court appearance. He remains held without bail at a jail in Tioga County.
Attorneys for Franciscovich — public defenders George Awad and Tom Cline — declined to comment when contacted by The Post.
A vigil for Ruby Franciscovich will be held at the cemetery at 8pm on Monday.
Organisers are asking anyone who plans on attending to wear red in the girl’s honour.
A version of this story originally appeared on The New York Post.
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