Marissa Bickford-Rice sentenced to 13 years in prison for assaulting step-daughter


FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local woman will spend the next 13 years in prison for nearly killing her now 5-year-old step-daughter Kaiden, who is still recovering from that brutal beating.

The judge used words like horrible and incomprehensible when referring to Marissa Bickford-Rice’s actions.

He says she should not be allowed around children or even own a pet. Kaiden’s family is happy she won’t be around their little girl anymore.

“She can’t ride her bike, can’t play in pool, so much she can’t do,” Tammie Waite, Kaiden’s grandmother, said.

So much has been taken from Kaiden. She survived a severe beating at the hands of her stepmother.

It happened last September in their Fort Edward home.

“No amount of time would be enough to make up for the injuries that this family sees every day and for the violence that was perpetrated on Kaiden. Thirteen years is a significant sentence and one that will take Marissa Bickford-Rice out of the community and away from Kaiden and her family,” Special Prosecutor Christina Tremante said.

Poor Kaiden now faces a life sentence.

“She still has seizures and we don’t know if they can be controlled,” Waite said.

Bickford-Rice admitted to the heinous crime, but in court, said nothing.

Kaiden’s family isn’t surprised and they hope their little girl won’t remember the trauma Bickford-Rice caused.

Kaiden will be 18 when she is released.

“Hope she doesn’t remember but if she does we will tell her,” Waite said.

Bickford-Rice can have absolutely no contact with Kaiden for 24 years. That order of protection was effective on Friday.

Kaiden’s family relieved this part is all over and the focus will now be solely on Kaiden’s recovery.

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