A Warwick man has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest last year to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 7-month-old daughter, according to the office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.
Ryan Beeley, 40, received a 25-year sentence with 10 years to serve and the balance suspended with probation during an appearance before Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Procaccini last week. The state had sought a 30-year sentence with 20 years to serve.
Additionally, Beeley was ordered to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment and undergo regular drug and alcohol screenings during his probation.
According to Neronha’s office, Beeley’s girlfriend left him home alone with the couple’s infant daughter at their Airway Road residence on the evening of Feb. 21, 2017.
“Beeley was under the influence of drugs at the time – later determined by a toxicology report to have been fentanyl, clonazepam, cocaine, and methadone,” a statement from Neronha’s office reads. “Beeley’s girlfriend returned to the home and found him 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 entered the no contest plea in June 2019. Sgts. Shaun Turcotte and Frederick Pierce of the Warwick Police Department led the investigation, while Assistant Attorneys General Shannon Signore and Ania Zielinski prosecuted the case.
“The defendant, through egregious carelessness, caused the death of a child who had her whole life ahead of her,” Neronha said in the statement. “All that she could have hoped to have been, all the joys that she could have experienced and given to others, have been irretrievably lost. The defendant has been held accountable for his conduct and deservedly so. But nothing will bring this child back, and that is a tragedy.”
At approximately 3:10 p.m. on Jan. 2, Officer Kyle J. Fitzsimmons responded to a Kilvert Street home for a report of larceny.
At the scene, the reporting party told Fitzsimmons that a bicycle had been taken from his yard. The bicycle – described as a black Huffy mountain bike – had last been seen at approximately 10 a.m. that morning.
A check of the area did not immediately result in the bicycle being located.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 5, Officer Damian J. Andrews responded to a Chestnut Street home for a report of larceny from a motor vehicle.
At the scene, the reporting party told Andrews that he had parked his vehicle – a 2004 Ford F150 – at the location at around 8 p.m. the previous night. When he returned to the vehicle at 11 a.m. that morning, he discovered that someone had gone through the vehicle. He found several items missing, including $200 in cash and a wallet that contained a Social Security card and passport.
The reporting party said he then noticed the side door to his garage was ajar, and two leafblowers stored inside – valued at $100 and $250, respectively – were also missing.
Neither the vehicle nor the garage had been locked. No suspects were immediately identified. The matter was documented.
At approximately 5:18 p.m. on Jan. 5, officers Maxwell Neiley and Kevin Warren responded to the Target at 1245 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress. Dispatch advised that the male suspect was sitting in a silver BMW in the store’s parking lot.
At the scene, Warren located the vehicle and made contact with the suspect. The officer observed two boxes of what appeared to be sports trading cards on the vehicle’s front passenger seat.
Neiley, meanwhile, made contact with a loss prevention officer at the store, who said the suspect had selected several packs of sports trading cards before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay.
Donald Arthur Riddle, 48, 911 Toll Gate Road, Apt. 5, Warwick, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was held pending a court appearance.
The sports trading cards – with a combined value of roughly $160 – were recovered.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, Officer Tyler M. Stone was conducting a patrol on Interstate 95 south in the area of exit 12 when he observed a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu that appeared to be traveling above the 55 mph speed limit.
Stone followed the vehicle for roughly a third of a mile and reports clocking its speed at 62 mph. At that point, he initiated a motor vehicle stop.
Stone made contact with the operator, who is said to have told the officer his license was suspended. A records check confirmed the suspension and revealed the operator was wanted on an active bench warrant issued from Superior Court.
Robert J. Morse, 35, 49 Waldron Ave., Cranston, was taken into custody on the warrant and additionally charged with driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. He was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and later taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, Officer Kevin P. Warren responded to the lobby of Warwick Police headquarters to speak with a reporting party regarding a phone scam.
The reporting party told Warren that his cell phone had been comprised – that he “could not send texts, receive phone calls, or make phone calls, nor could he access any email accounts over his phone” – and that his service provider, Verizon, advised him to file a police report as part of the process to restore access to his phone number.
The matter was documented.