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Former Notre Dame Player Indicted On Child Murder Charge

Cierre Wood runs for Notre Dame against Pitt.

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 03: Cierre Wood #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is dropped for a loss by Shayne Hale #45 of the Pittsburgh Panthers at Notre Dame Stadium on November 3, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In early April, the five-year old daughter of former Notre Dame and NFL running back Cierre Wood's girlfriend was died unexpectedly. Both Wood and the mother, Amy Taylor, have been officially indicted on murder and child abuse charges.

The tragic death of La’Rayah Davis came just weeks after Wood moved in with them. Taylor admits to sitting on the young girl as a form of discipline about a week before her death.

Wood's form of discipline is also being cited in the cause of death. He says he would use exercise as a form of punishment, and the young girl hit her head during one workout on the day she died.

Cierre Wood and Amy Taylor could face life in prison for the death of five-year old La'Rayah Davis.

The sheer number of injuries that La'Rayah suffered from at the time of her death is horrifying.

From the Associated Press:

The judge cited photos of numerous external bruises from what were described as finger-pokes to the girl’s abdomen, back, arms and legs. Autopsy findings showed La’Rayah had 20 newly broken ribs, internal bleeding, a lacerated liver and bruises to her heart, diaphragm and connective tissue.

Taylor told police she sat on the girl while disciplining her about a week before her death, according to court documents.

Wood told police he used exercise as discipline, and had La’Rayah do physical activities including running sprints in the apartment. On the day she died, La’Rayah fell backward while doing sit-ups and hit her head on the carpeted floor, he said.

The couple faces murder charges, as well as 20 felony child abuse charges. Wood's lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty on July 2, when he is arraigned.

[Associated Press]