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Ex-NFL player pleads not guilty in Vegas child death case

May 29, 2019
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FILE - This undated Clark County Detention Center photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Cierre Wood. Wood, a former NFL player, was arrested April 10, 2019, in Las Vegas and is charged with murder and felony child abuse in the death of La'Rayah Davis, the 5-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Amy Taylor. Wood was ordered Wednesday, May 22,2019 to stand trial in state court on murder and 19 felony child abuse and neglect charges in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter less than two weeks after they moved into his Las Vegas apartment. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP, File)
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FILE - This undated Clark County Detention Center photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Cierre Wood. Wood, a former NFL player, was arrested April 10, 2019, in Las Vegas and is charged with murder and felony child abuse in the death of La'Rayah Davis, the 5-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Amy Taylor. Wood was ordered Wednesday, May 22,2019 to stand trial in state court on murder and 19 felony child abuse and neglect charges in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter less than two weeks after they moved into his Las Vegas apartment. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former pro football player pleaded not guilty to murder and child endangerment charges in the death of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter at his Las Vegas apartment.

Former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Wood’s attorney, Thomas Ericsson, didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to messages about their Tuesday court appearance.

Wood’s next court date is June 12.

Wood played for the University of Notre Dame before brief NFL stints with three teams and the Montreal Alouettes in Canada.

He’s now 28 and is being held without bail. He could face up to life in prison if he’s convicted.

The child’s 25-year-old mother, Amy Taylor, is jailed pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 5.

Her daughter, La’Rayah Davis, died April 9, after they lived less than two weeks at Wood’s apartment.

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