VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Rodney Bailey Jr. has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of 2-year-old Willow Rain Renteria-Molina, according to information from the Vernon Parish Clerk of Court’s Office.
Bailey, 36, her babysitter was the last person to have seen her alive.
Bailey pleaded guilty in Vernon Parish court Tuesday to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice. He has not yet been sentenced.
As part of plea deal, the state agreed it would not habitualize him and Bailey waived his right to appeal.
According to the factual basis for the indictment presented at the plea hearing, alcohol, codeine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and dyphanhydramine were found in Renteria-Molina’s system.
The indictment reads that Bailey gave her the alcohol and drugs while she had a head injury and did not seek appropriate medical treatment, “thereby causing serious bodily injury and neurological impairment to the child.”
After she died, he stuffed her body in a duffel bag, then dumped her body in Beauregard.