Authorities in New York say a man raped his own infant daughter and killed her, disposing of her body at a cemetery in Tioga County over the weekend.
According to the New York Post, 25-year-old Cody Franciscovich was arrested Sunday on suspicion of the horrific violent crime.
Police reports indicate he was spotted walking unclothed near a motel as officers conducted a welfare check on his infant daughter at the request of her mother.
Upon approaching him, investigators say the naked suspect led them to the body of Ruby Franciscovich, who was reportedly floating on her stomach in a pond near St. Patrick’s Cemetery. By the time police found her, they say she had floated about 25 feet from the land.
The girl was reportedly transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Locals organized a vigil on Monday evening at the cemetery near the spot where her body was found.
A criminal complaint determined that Cody 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.”
He could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted and remained jailed without bail as of the latest updates available.
[Featured image: Cody Franciscovich/Mobile Patrol, Rudy Franciscovich/Facebook]