Babysitter arraigned for second degree manslaughter of infant

By Brittany Grove

Sun Staff Writer

NORWICH – No one spoke above a whisper as the sobs of defendant Geneia M. Rood echoed in the courtroom on Nov. 12 at Chenango County Court – where Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. was sitting in for the Pitcher Town Court Justice. Rood, 38, Pitcher, was arraigned for the class C felony of manslaughter in the second degree.

It is alleged that on Sept. 5 at a residence in Pitcher, Rood did recklessly and unlawfully give a 3-month-old female infant alcohol. It was said she was babysitting the infant when the alleged crime took place.

Rood was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility following the arraignment. The arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office that began after the death of the female infant in September. Alcohol was found in the infant’s system.

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