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April 16, 2019
A Las Vegas judge expressed shock at the severity of injuries found on a 5-year-old girl whose death led to murder and child abuse charges against her mother and mother’s former football player boyfriend. The judge denied bail Tuesday to Amy Taylor and former running back Cierre Wood, pending a May 21 preliminary hearing. Wood was a member of several NFL teams including Houston, New England, Buffalo, as well as a player in the Canadian Football League.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge expressed shock at the severity of injuries found on a 5-year-old girl whose death led to murder and child abuse charges against her mother and mother’s former NFL player boyfriend.

Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson denied bail Tuesday to Amy Taylor and former running back Cierre Wood pending a May 21 preliminary hearing.

Prosecutor Michelle Jobe said a grand jury is expected to hear evidence about the April 9 death of La’Rayah Davis.

The Clark County coroner determined she had a lacerated liver, broken ribs and died of multiple injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Attorneys for both defendants declined comment outside court.

Wood played for Houston, New England, Buffalo, and in the Canadian Football League.