WARWICK, RI —Ryan Beeley, 40, of Warwick, has pleaded “no contest” in Superior Court today to one count of involuntary manslaughter in his infant daughter’s death Feb. 21, 2017.
Warwick Police investigated seven-month-old Willow Ramos’ death after her mother returned home at 7:20 p.m. at 3 Airway Road to discover the infant unresponsive in a bedroom. Police were called to the home by a person in the home who heard the mother’s screams to dial 911, according to a statement from Attorney General Peter F. Neronha’s office.
Beeley appeared before Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Procaccini to enter the plea.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that during the early evening on Feb. 21, 2017, the mother, Beeley’s girlfriend, left him home alone with Willow in the bedroom. Beeley was under the influence of drugs at the time – later
determined by a toxicology report to have been fentanyl, clonazepam, cocaine, and methadone.
The mother returned to the home and found Beeley passed out on top of their daughter. Warwick Rescue and Fire personnel were called to the scene and were unsuccessful in their efforts to save the infant. The state would have ultimately proven that Beeley, in an intoxicated state, caused the unintentional death of his daughter due to asphyxiation.
Beeley is scheduled to be sentenced at a future date.
Sergeant Shaun Turcotte and Sergeant Frederick Pierce of the Warwick Police Department led the investigation of the case and Assistant Attorneys General Shannon Signore and Ania Zielinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.