Former NFL Player Arrested For Child Abuse After Girlfriend's 5-Year-Old Daughter Dies

Cierre Wood and his girlfriend Amy Taylor were taken into custody at a Las Vegas hospital, shortly after the death of Taylor's child.

By Jill Sederstrom

A former NFL running back and his girlfriend have been arrested on charges of child abuse after her 5-year-old daughter died at a Las Vegas hospital.

Cierre Wood, 28, and Amy Taylor, 25, were both taken into custody at the Summerlin Hospital where the girl died Tuesday, according to KVVU-TV in Las Vegas.

They are facing first-degree child abuse charges, although the details of the allegations against them have not yet been released.

Wood played in five regular season NFL games with the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills during his career from 2013-2015, NBC Sports reports. He also played with the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks, spending most of his career on practice squads. Most recently, he played in the Canadian Football League but was released from the Montreal Alouettes in 2017.

Wood played his college career with Notre Dame, but decided to forgo his final season of eligibility there to enter the 2013  NFL draft, according to 247 Sports.

He was not drafted but signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Houston Texans; however, he was later released from the team after violating team rules that same year.

Cierre Wood

The name of the Taylor's daughter hasn't been officially released, nor has a cause of death been announced. However, the Clark County Coroner’s Office did confirm the death of a 5-year-old girl named La’Rayah Davis that same night, KVVU-TV reports.

Wood is being held at the Clark County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The couple are both expected to be court sometime this morning.

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