Fort Edward woman arrested, charged for causing serious physical injuries to 4-year-old girl

Marissa Bickford-Rice
Marissa Bickford-Rice

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A 4-year-old is fighting for her life at Albany Medical Center and her step-mother is under arrest charged with Reckless Assault of a Child, a felony.

A press conference with the New York State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was held Thursday morning at around 10 a.m. regarding Wednesday’s arrest of 22-year-old- Marissa Bickford-Rice.

According to first responders, when they arrived at 603 Lower Wright Street in Fort Edward on Wednesday at around 11 a.m., they found 4-year-old Kaiden Starr Rice unresponsive.

According to Sheriff Murphy, Kaiden lives there with her father and the suspect, 22-year-old Marissa Bickford Rice, who is her step-mom.

The Washington County Sheriff’s office says that Bickford-Rice called 9-1-1 Wednesday around 10:51 a.m. reporting that her 4-year-old step-daughter had an unknown medical issue.

Thursday afternoon, Sheriff’s cars and State Police Evidence Technician vans were still parked out in front of the home. Behind the crime scene tape, toys and strollers could be seen scattered across the yard. We’re told several children live there, but investigators wouldn’t comment on whether any of them were there at the time of the alleged assault.kaiden

Authorities said that on Wednesday morning, Kaiden was initially taken to Glens Falls Hospital, but because her injuries were so severe, she was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

As of Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Murphy said Kaiden’s prognosis was not good, but that they would know more within 48 hours. The little girl is still on life support and is being treated for fractures to her arm, collarbone, and skull, with hemorrhaging to the brain.

Her grandmother says she loves to play and adores Minnie Mouse. Now she’s at Albany Medical Center praying Kaiden survives.

“I want to hear her say ‘Grandma, you’re so beautiful, I love you.'”

Sheriff Jeff Murphy said during the investigation Bickford-Rice did confess to the assault, but he would not elaborate on their conversation.

NEWS10 ABC was able to get the arrest report, which states, that at one point Bickford-Rice threw Kaiden, causing her to hit her head on a hard floor.

Murphy says Bickford-Rice fractured Kaiden’s skull and caused severe brain swelling when she threw her, and her head hit a hard floor.

“There’s no explanation that anyone could give for a 4-year-old child being assaulted like this,” Sheriff Murphy said. “This stuff is not supposed to occur. It’s important that we were able to do what we did last night and spend most of the night here following the facts.”

At a press conference held Thursday, Murphy said Kaiden also has a fractured arm and collar bone, but investigators are not sure if those were prior injuries or from the recent alleged assault incident.

“Cases like this are very difficult. We all have families, we all have children, so we really like to put these to bed as soon as possible. That’s what we did in this case,” NYSP Captain Robert Patnaude said.

Marissa Bickford-Rice is being held in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The case will now go to the District Attorney’s office. More charges are possible.

Kaiden’s grandmother says she is asking for everyone’s prayers.

A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night for Kaiden by family and friends in Glens Falls.

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