Former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood is in major trouble today. The 28-year-old is facing charges related to the death of a five-year-old child.
According to ABC 57, Wood and his 26-year-old girlfriend Amy Taylor are both facing abuse charges following the death of Taylor’s five-year-old daughter. CBS 8 reports they have been charged with first-degree child abuse or neglect charges.
A further update from FOX 5 Las Vegas indicates that Wood is also facing a first-degree murder charge. Wood was reportedly due in court today.
As of yesterday, he was being held on $5,000 bail, according to the Clark County Detention Center.
UPDATE: @chrisredreports reported last night that former NFL player Cierre Wood was facing a child abuse charge. Wood now faces a murder charge as wellhttps://t.co/y2vJsi1ZaZ pic.twitter.com/tlChMusBcH
— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) April 11, 2019
Wood played at Notre Dame from 2009-12. He redshirted as a freshman before becoming a key contributor over the next three seasons.
Wood’s best season came in 2011, when he rushed for a team-leading 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 742 yards and five scores the following season as Notre Dame finished the regular season 12-0 and reached the BCS National Championship Game.
After his career in South Bend, Wood bounced around on multiple NFL rosters. He appeared in three games for the Houston Texans in 2013 and two contests for the Buffalo Bills in 2015, rushing for 12 yards on five carries.
Wood also saw time in the Canadian Football League.