Cierre Wood murder charge, appearance when it comes to former Notre Dame


Cierre Wood murder charge, appearance when it comes to former Notre Dame.

New details emerged following a Thursday court appearance when it comes to former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood, the girl’s mother and the death this week of a 5-year old child.

Initially charged with first-degree child abuse, Wood and Amy Taylor now face murder charges following the death of La’Rayah Davis, whose name was released Thursday.

“You purposely hurt my kid. I never thought I’d bury my child at five years old,” said father Danaun Davis, who spoke in court on Thursday. “I can’t call her. I just talked to her that Monday before. ‘Dad, I’ll see you in two weeks.’ The next day, I get a call that she’s gone.”

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Davis said there were warning signs, according to KSNV.

“Every time I picked her up the last few months, she was afraid to go home,” he said. “She kept telling me something was wrong.”

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An autopsy revealed bruises on her torso, legs and abdomen. Prosecutors said in court Thursday that a cause of death hadn’t been determined but that an autopsy had revealed a large liver laceration, The Associated Press reported. Wood is being held without bail with a second court appearance expected Monday. Taylor is expected in court later today.

The former Notre Dame rusher was on the Fighting Irish roster from 2009 to 2012. Wood joined Notre Dame as a 247Sports Composite four-star prospect before redshirting in his first season with the program. In 2010, when current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly took over in South Bend, Wood played in 13 games with five starts. The Santa Clara, Calif., native accounted for 603 yards and 3 touchdowns, while catching 20 passes for 170 yards and 2 scores as a redshirt freshman.

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