LAS VEGAS (KVVU/Meredith) - Former NFL running back Cierre Wood is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter, authorities said.
Wood, 28, was arrested Wednesday night after the girl, La'Rayah Davis, died at the Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas. He was originally charged with first-degree child abuse and neglect.
Police also arrested the girl's mother, 25-year-old Amy Taylor, on child abuse charges.
Doctors found bruises on the girl's torso, legs and abdomen, according to police. In a court hearing on Thursday, prosecutors said she also had a large laceration on her liver. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
The child's biological father, Danaun Davis, reportedly traveled from California to be at Thursday's hearing.
“You purposely hurt my kid. I never thought I’d bury my child at five years old,” Davis said.
Jail records showed that Wood was being held without bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Monday morning. It was not immediately clear if Taylor had been released on $5,000 bond.
Wood played football in college at the University of Notre Dame and spent time in the NFL with Houston, New England and Buffalo. He most recently was released by the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes in 2017.