No bail for man charged in death of Greece baby

Updated: 06/13/2014 2:26 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 4:40 AM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd

No bail for a man charged with the murder of a toddler from Greece. Friday morning, State Supreme Court Judge Joanne Winslow denied bail for Cory Favata. He's accused of causing the injuries of 17-month-old Rileigh Daniels.  Family members say Daniels died in April after being shaken.
Today in court, more details about the case and what prosecutors say happened to Rileigh Daniels inside a Greece apartment were released.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Rossi says Daniels was found unresponsive and bleeding from the mouth in late April while she was in the sole care and custody of Favata. He was the mother's boyfriend. Rossi called her death "brutal and gruesome" with trauma that is consistent with violent shaking along with the possibility of striking and choking.

Rossi says, "These injuries are not accidental. Absolutely intentionally inflicted injuries."

When asked about a possible history of abuse in the case, Rossi told News10NBC's Nikki Rudd, "I can only talk about what was placed on the record today, but we have reason to believe that this is not the first time that this has happened or something may have happened prior to her death."

Defense Attorney Joe Damelio says this is a highly contested case that will go to trial. He says his client received numerous awards and medals for his service to our country. However, the prosecution says Favata has a history of anger issues and substance abuse.  

Rossi says Favata had a less than honorable discharge from the US Marine Corps. He says Favata is the only person who could have done this. Rossi said, “These injuries are not accidental.”

Damelio said, “My client is presumed innocent. We intend on fighting these charges.”

Favata has no criminal record, but Supreme Court Judge Joanne Winslow says he is a flight risk.

He is due back in court August 5.

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