Late last week, former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood was charged with murder, related to the death of his girlfriend’s five-year old daughter. Now, more details have started to come out about the incident.
Per a report by KSNV-TV in Las Vegas, Wood often punished the young girl, La’Rayah Davis, because he thought she was overweight. The “exercise” routine he made the young girl go through was just a small part of what led to some disturbing injuries that may have ultimately contributed to her tragic death.
Wood and the girl’s mother, Amy Taylor, face child abuse and neglect charges. He also faces the murder charge in addition to it, and she may receive one as well, per the report.
An arrest report obtained by News 3 revealed Wood forced the girl to exercise at home as punishment because he thought the girl was overweight.
Police said Wood would “make her run sprints in the apartment, do sit-ups and wall squats.”
Wood told police that he was “trying to get her on the right path due to her being chunky.”
Per the coroner’s report, the daughter of Cierre Wood’s girlfriend had significant rib and skull injuries.
It is believed that a liver laceration may have been a major contributor to her death.
An autopsy revealed the extent of the child’s injuries. The Clark County Coroner’s report said the girl had “multiple rib fractures.”
The report also said that “the age of the rib fractures is unknown” and “liver laceration was the probable cause of her demise.”
Police said the girl’s mother once sat on her chest and stomach as a form of punishment.
The autopsy revealed the girl’s “skull had multiple contusions.”
This story is obviously horrifying, and our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.