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Rome father charged in daughter's death back in court Monday

Derek Dyer, 26, rejected a plea deal earlier this month.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 12:25 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 1:58 PM

ROME, N.Y. -- The Rome man accused of leaving his 6-month-old daughter unattended for more than 12 hours – leading to the baby's death – appeared back in court Monday for answer and arguments.

Derek Dyer, 26, rejected a plea deal earlier this month.

Dyer and 29-year-old Brooke Renzi are each charged with criminally negligent homicide. His attorney argues, he didn't put the baby to bed and shouldn't be responsible in this case.

Rome police say the pair left their daughter unattended for more than 12 hours last August, when she died.

If convicted, Dyer could face 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

Dyer will appear back in court for a suppression hearing July 16.

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