Babysitter admits to feeding infant vodka, pleads guilty to manslaughter

By Haley Burton
By Kelly McCarthy

Babysitter admits to feeding infant vodka, pleads guilty to manslaughter

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM EST

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Town of Pitcher woman admitted to feeding a baby alcohol to get her to stop crying, killing the three-month-old girl in her care.

Geneia M. Rood, 38, pleaded guilty in Chenango County Court to manslaughter in the second degree.

She will serve a prison sentence of three and a half years to 10 and a half years.

Rood agreed not to appeal.

On Sept. 6, 2013, three-month-old Brenna Quinn was found dead at Rood's home at 195 Baumann Road in Pitcher.

An autopsy found alcohol in the infant's system and the child's death was ruled a homicide.

In court, Rood said the baby was crying, she did not know why and she wouldn’t stop. Rood also said she was intoxicated, and put vodka in the baby’s bottle with some formula.

"She knew in her heart of hearts that she was responsible for what happened, she has a terrible problem with alcohol, she is an alcoholic," said Chenango County Public Defender John Cameron, "As a result of being intoxicated and making really bad decisions, she was the sole responsible person for causing the death of this baby."

The mother of three-month old baby Brenna was at the sentencing and also spoke before Judge Frank Revoir.

"I will never see her walk, put her on the bus to school, or take her shopping," the infant's mother said in tears, "I trusted (Rood) with my heart and soul, I never thought (she) would betray me like this."

Rood was taken to the Chenango County Jail, where she'll be processed before being sent to prison.