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Baby-sitter indicted in connection with death of Willow Molina-Renteria

VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Willow Rain Molina-Renteria's baby-sitter has been indicted a year and two months after her death.

A grand jury in Vernon Parish indicted Rodney D. Bailey Jr. on charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice. Bailey faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

Bailey has been a person of interest since 2-year-old Willow was found dead in May 2016.

"We felt all along that this moment would come, granted it took too long in the eyes of the public and in the eyes of law enforcement, said Vernon Sheriff Sam Craft. "Granted we might have been more satisfied if we had some sort of murder charge - some charge of homicide - but in concurring with the district attorney, this was the best case scenario to go forward with."

Willow Rain Renteria-Molina, of Hornbeck, was reported missing at 11 p.m., Thursday, May 5th, 2016. 

Her body was found late the next afternoon by a deputy in Beauregard Parish. 

Authorities said Rodney "Donny" Bailey Jr. asked Willow's grandmother, Glenna Viereck, if he could borrow her car so that he and Willow could go to Walmart and McDonald's.

Bailey had borrowed the car twice before and returned it both times without incident, according to the grandmother.

When Willow's mother returned home from work, Bailey, Willow, and some of the items in the home were missing. 

When the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office stopped Bailey, Willow was not with him, Craft said. Bailey had meth and a firearm on him.

Since his arrest last year, Rodney Bailey, Jr., pleaded guilty to drug possession and received a five-year sentence.

Now Bailey will be moved to Vernon Parish so his court proceedings there can begin.

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