Vigil held for young girl fighting for her life after alleged assault by stepmother


SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Friends and family gathered for a vigil Thursday in hopes that a 4-year-old girl will recover from serious injuries.

Police said 22-year-old Marissa Bickford-Rice caused severe injuries to 4-year-old Kaiden Starr Rice. Kaiden suffered injuries to her arm, collarbone, and skull with brain hemorrhages. Her injuries were so severe she was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where she is fighting for her life.

“I’m just scared,” her aunt Amanda Rouse said. “I’m scared for my niece’s life, and I just hope that she’s okay.”

Friends and family gathered in South Glens Falls for the vigil where they signed posters wishing Kaiden a speedy recovery and lit candles during a moment of silence.

“She’s just an innocent little girl,” Rouse said. “She’s just like any other innocent little girl.”

Members of Stand Up for Child Abuse were also in attendance. One said attending vigils never gets easier.

Marissa Bickford-Rice
Marissa Bickford-Rice

“It breaks your heart because even though they’re not your children, you can feel the sadness for them,” Michelle Warner said.

Kaiden’s aunt said she never though the girl’s stepmother would treat her that way. Police said Bickford-Rice threw Kaiden to the ground, which caused the girl to hit her head on a hard floor.

Bickford-Rice is now charged with Reckless Assault of a Child, a felony.

“I want you to hold your babies tight because you never know when you’re going to get that phone call,” Rouse said. “You don’t want that phone call.”

Kaiden remained on life support Thursday.

The case against Bickford-Rice is being given to the district attorney’s office where more charges could be filed.

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