Rodney Bailey has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for the death of two year old Willow Rain Renteria Molina.
He pleaded guilty on February 19 on one count of obstruction of justice and one count of 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile. He was sentenced by Judge Tony Bennett on Wednesday. He was given 40 years for each charge, and he will serve them back to back.
“This has been such a horrible tragedy,” said District Attorney Asa Skinner. “However, we are satisfied that the sentence is just, and that some semblance of justice can be done for Willow and her family.”Willow’s mother Vanessa Renteria-Molina reported Willow missing from a home in Hornbeck on May 5, 2016. The child’s body was found in Beauregard Parish the following day.
Bailey was supposed to be babysitting Willow at the time of her disappearance.
Molina found a note from Bailey saying that he was going to take Willow home with him. Authorities discovered Bailey had taken an SUV that belonged to Willow’s grandmother and had not returned.
Authorities found Bailey in the SUV with drugs, and a weapon in the vehicle. Bailey did not have Willow with him at the time of his arrest. Willow’s body was later found in rural Beauregard Parish.
In 2017, Vanessa Renteria-Molina was charged with child desertion and possession of methamphetamine. She pleaded guilty to both charges and received a deferred sentence on the child desertion charge.
During the trial Bailey, admitted to placing the child’s dead body in a duffle bag and discarding her in a wooded area of Beauregard Parish.
Testimony from Dr. Terry Welke of the Calcasieu Coroner’s Office testified that the child died from a combination of blunt force trauma to the head and numerous illegal substances found in her blood.
Skinner expressed that he hoped this could bring closure to a horrifying incident that has saddened the community.