Cierre Wood, ex-NFL running back, charged with murder of abused 5-year-old girl
Ex-NFL player Cierre Wood, 28 and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Amy Taylor, were arrested Wednesday in the death of Taylor’s 5-year-old daughter, investigators in Las Vegas said.
Former Notre Dame and NFL running back Cierre Wood faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter, Las Vegas police said Thursday.
Wood, 28, was arrested early Wednesday at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas after La-Rayah Davis died there Tuesday night. Woods' girlfriend, 25-year-old Amy Taylor, also was arrested. Both initially were charged with first-degree child abuse and neglect, but an online inmate database showed that the murder charge had been added against Wood.
Jail records showed that Wood was being held without bail. He was scheduled to make his next court appearance Monday morning. It was not immediately clear whether Talyor had been released on $5,000 bond.
A native of Bloomington, Calif., Wood played three seasons for the Fighting Irish, recording 2,447 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes in his college career for 384 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In his final season, Notre Dame recorded a 12-0 regular season and reached the BCS National Championship Game before losing to Alabama, 42-14.
Wood pictured in action for the Buffalo Biills during a preseason game in 2015.