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Former Patriots Player Charged in Murder of 5-Year-Old

The Clark County Coroner's Office says 5-year-old La-Rayah Davis died as a result of child abuse

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    Former NFL Player Cierre Wood Charged With Murder of Child

    Cierre Wood, a former practice squad player for the New England Patriots, was arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend's daughter, 5-year-old La'Rayah Davis. Amy Taylor, La'Rayah's mother, was also charged with child abuse. (Published Friday, April 12, 2019)

    A former New England Patriots practice squad player arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of child abuse now faces murder charges after the 5-year-old girl died.

    KSNV-TV reports Las Vegas police arrested 28-year-old Cierre Wood on Wednesday and added the murder charge Thursday. He originally was charged with first-degree child abuse and neglect.

    The Clark County Coroner's Office says 5-year-old La-Rayah Davis died as a result of child abuse.

    Police also have charged Amy Taylor, 25, with child abuse and neglect.

    The connection between the three is not known and it's not clear if the suspects have lawyers or will be appointed legal representation at a pending court appearance.

    Wood played in college at Notre Dame and spent time in the NFL with Houston, New England and Buffalo. He was on the Patriots practice squad for two months in 2013 before being released.

    He most recently was released by the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in 2017.