Cody Franciscovich pleads guilty in death of ‘Baby Ruby’

Cody Franciscovich pleads guilty in death of 'Baby Ruby'Baby Ruby. Police photo.

On Aug. 14, 2020, Cody A. Franciscovich, age 26 of Owego, N.Y.,  plead guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B violent felony in Tioga County Court, pursuant to a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. 

According to Tioga County’s District Attorney, Kirk Martin, the charges resulted from the events of the morning of June 9, 2019, when the defendant took his 8 month old daughter, Ruby, from the Deep Well Motel where they had been staying, walked her over to a nearby cemetery, threw her, and then dumped her in a small swamp that was part of an adjacent gravel pit.

The District Attorney continued, “The autopsy revealed that baby Ruby had died before entering the water. The defendant was found a short while later walking, entirely naked, on Route 17c about a half mile west of where he had left his daughter.” 

Although originally charged with Murder, Franciscovich had raised defenses of intoxication due to his taking LSD the night before, and that he was suffering from delusions and a mental disease or defect at the time he killed his daughter. If successful, those defenses would have limited his criminal exposure under New York State law. 

Cody Franciscovich pleads guilty in death of ‘Baby Ruby’

Pictured in 2019, Cody Franciscovich heads to court for a hearing. (File Photo / Owego Pennysaver)

In pleading guilty, Franciscovich agreed to withdraw any and all defenses he had raised, waived his right to appeal and admitted to acting with the intent to cause serious physical injury to Ruby and caused her death. 

As a result of his plea, Franciscovich will receive a determinate sentence of 25 years in State Prison and 5 years of post-release supervision, the maximum allowed under the law. 

The defendant will be sentenced at a later date. 

3 Comments on "Cody Franciscovich pleads guilty in death of ‘Baby Ruby’"

  1. forgot the part where he raped his own daughter?

  2. He should rot in jail cause he killed my niece that I was planning on coming from Florida to New York to see but never had the chance. I hope he gets released more mentally f’ed up than my other nephews and nieces. They will forever be scared now thanks to his ungrateful a**

  3. oh i just want to know the reason why he did it

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