Rome man accused in connection with daughter's death rejects plea deal

Derek Dyer, 26, appeared in Oneida County Court Monday morning.

Posted: Jun 3, 2019 12:43 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Rome man accused of leaving his 6-month-old daughter unattended for more than 12 hours – leading to the infant's death – rejected a plea deal.

Derek Dyer, 26, appeared in Oneida County Court Monday morning.

Dyer And 29-year-old Brooke Renzi are each charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide in connection to the death of their 6-month-old daughter, Elaina.

Rome police say Dyer and Renzi left Elaina unattended for more than 12 hours on the night of August 27, 2018.

Police say when Renzi went to check on the baby the following morning, and she wasn't breathing.

In court, the judge went over the maximum sentence if Dyer were to take the plea deal.

“I don't know enough about you right with the circumstances to tell you exactly what I would consider an appropriate sentence in your case, but I can tell you your exposure would be capped at one to three years in state prison,” said Judge Robert Bauer.

If convicted, Dyer could face 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. He is due back in court June 17 for answer and arguments.

The baby's mother is slated to answer to her plea offer this Thursday, June 6.

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