Former Notre Dame and NFL running back Cierre Wood, charged with killing his 5-year-old daughter's girlfriend, believes the child is "chunky" and forced to make him sprint, sit -ups and squats as punishment Before his death, authorities said.
Wood, 28, and Amy Taylor, 25, both face murder and child abuse charges after announcing La & # 39; Rayah Davis at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas on April 10. The child died of extensive internal injuries, including a lacerated liver, broken ribs and severe injuries from his forehead to his thighs.
CIERRE WOOD, EX-NFL runs back, released on the murder of the 5-year-old girl killed
she ran the sprint girl in the apartment, sit-ups and wall squats, Vegas Review-Journal, which cited an affidavit of arrest. He called the fitness punishments "learning by fun." Wood told the police that "he was trying to get him on the right path because of his being chunky."
The day he died, La & # 39; Rayah fell back while sitting and firing his head on the carpet floor. Taylor could not get to the telephone, Wood said that he had tried to water the woman's face and pushed the air in her mouth. When a "chunky red fluid" came out in his nose, he said he called 91
Taylor told the police at her grocery store at the time, and later said she was sitting on her daughter's breast as a punishment about a week before he died. He said his daughter complained of chest pain and stopped eating meals the day before her death.
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"I really feel when I'm sitting with him [explicit] … And now I'm no longer a child now," he told the police.
Wood has a short stint in the NFL with Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills from 2013-2015. He also played in the Canadian Football League.
Both Wood and Taylor are held without bail. An initial hearing is scheduled for May 21.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.