Rome couple indicted in infant’s death

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A man and woman have been indicted in the death of their 6-month-old daughter in Rome, accused of leaving the infant unattended in their home for more than 12 hours.

Derek S. Dyer, 26, and Brooke E. Renzi, 29, both of Rome, appeared for arraignment before County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer this morning.

Dyer and Renzi were both indicted this week by a grand jury on one count of criminal negligent homicide, a class E felony.

Police said Dyer and Renzi put their 6-month-old daughter, Elaina, to bed on the night of Aug. 27 and then did not check on her for more than 12 hours. Police said Dyer woke up in the morning and went to work without checking on the child, and Renzi did not check on the child until after 11 a.m.

Police said Renzi found the infant not breathing.

Following an investigation, the evidence against the pair was presented to a grand jury and a sealed indictment was issued this week.

Both Dyer and Renzi were taken into custody on Thursday and the indictment was unsealed in County Court.

They returned this morning for arraignment.

Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of both Dyer and Renzi by their assigned attorneys. Their cases were both adjourned to May 20. They are expected to be released from jail on bail bonds.

Dyer is represented by First Assistant Public Defender Cory A. Zennamo.

“I think that this is an unfortunate situation. I know that my client and the co-defendant are deeply saddened by the event,” Zennamo said after court.

“I question if there is criminal liability,” he noted.

Renzi is represented by defense attorney Matthew Fanelli. He declined to comment. First Assistant District Attorney Dawn Catera-Lupi is prosecuting.

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