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Tioga Man Faces Murder Charges for Killing Daughter, Ruby

Cody FranciscovichThe man charged with killing his infant daughter in early June in the vicinity of St. Patrick Cemetery on Route 17C in the Town of Tioga has been indicted by a Tioga County Grand Jury on two counts of second degree murder.

The indictment said Cody Franciscovich, 25, acted “under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life” in the death of his eight-month old daughter, Ruby Franiscovich.

After state police got a call from the girl’s mother on the morning of June 9 to check Ruby’s welfare, troopers searched the area around the Deep Well Motel on Route 17C, but did not find the child. After getting a second call, troopers located Franciscovich who led them to her body behind the cemetery.

Franciscovich has plead not guilty to the charges. Originally, he faced a possible first-degree murder charge and life in prison without parole on a charge of sexually abusing Ruby. The current indictment did not charge Franciscovich with sex abuse.

A week after Ruby’s death, dozens of community members dressed in ruby gathered at St. Patrick Cemetery to honor and remember Ruby Franciscovich.