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Southern Tier father accused of killing 8-month-old daughter

State police have charged a Southern Tier father with killing his 8-month-old daughter, who was found face down in a pond over the weekend.

Investigators arrested Cody A. Franciscovich, 25, for first-degree murder in connection to the death of the baby girl.

Police say they got a 911 call on Sunday morning to check on the welfare of 8-month-old Ruby Franciscovich. They say she was missing from the Deep Well Motel on Route 17C in the town of Tioga, where she was living with her father, mother and two other young children.

Then, police say they received another 911 call of a naked man in that same area. Troopers found Cody Franciscovich on Route 17C, just west of the motel.

They say troopers interviewed him about Ruby’s whereabouts and he directed them a pond nearby. That’s where troopers say they found Ruby face down in the water, about 25 feet from shore.

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