Dad 'raped eight month-old baby daughter then murdered her in graveyard'

A father raped his eight-month-old daughter then murdered her in a cemetery, police say.

Cody Franciscovich, 25, faces life in prison for allegedly murdering his infant daughter Ruby in Tioga, New York on Sunday.

Police found Franciscovich walking naked along a road near a the Deep Well Motel where he had been staying with Ruby and her mother.

Franciscovich directed authorities to a pond behind St Patrick’s Cemetery and officer found the girl’s body floating face down in the water about 25 feet from the shore.

An officer waded through the water to retrieve the body. Ruby was taken to UHS Wilson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Franciscovich has been charged with first-degree murder and charging documents allege that his daughter was killed during the course of a first-degree rape, the Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.

He has not formally been charged with any sex crimes, but the documents said: ‘(The) 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 was taken to the Tioga County Jail without bail. He was arraigned on Wednesday.

He is set to appear in court on Friday for a felony hearing, which will determine if the case will be presented to a grand jury, who could decide if more charges should be added.

Community members are working to organize a vigil for Ruby, which will be held at St Patrick’s Cemetery.

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