Amy Taylor is the girlfriend of former NFL linebacker Cierre Wood. She has been charged with child abuse and neglect of her five-year-old daughter La-Rayah Davis, who died this week. Wood has been charged with murder.
Taylor is 25 years old, and has been married once before. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Taylor & Wood Were Arrested on April 10 in Connection to the Death of Taylor’s Daughter
Taylor and Wood were arrested on Wednesday in Las Vegas, after her daughter died in a hospital on Tuesday night. The cause of death for the child is unknown.
Per People, Wood is charged with allegedly beating Taylor’s daughter to death. Wood is a former Notre Dame running back who completed five short stints with NFL teams. The 28-year-old was originally released on $5,000 bail on Wednesday night, but he was rebooked on murder charges on Thursday following the news of Davis’ death.
2. Davis’ Father Was Danaun Davis; Taylor & Davis Were Married for a Period of Time
Danaun Davis is the father of Davis. He and Taylor were married for a period of time, and appeared to be together as recently as 2016.
Following the news of his daughter’s death, Danaun took to Facebook to request that people not speak ill of his ex-wife, let it hurt him legally. He wrote,
Everyone I know this is tragic but for me and La’Rayah can we keep the slander and bashing down. Just so there’s no backlash and any chance that can be used against me. I know we are all hurting and we all have words and emotions everyone can personally reach me if anyone has questions please you all can still post about La’Rayah and the life she lived you can still share photos in honor of her memory. Any I’ll words towards Amy will be put on me
3. A Fundraiser for Davis’s Memorial Has Raised Over $3,400 in One Day
The GoFundMe summary for Davis’s memorial reads,
Help us raise money to bring this precious 5 year old little girls body back home to her dad from Nevada so she can have a proper memorial service. She passed away to soon because of something that can’t even be explained…please anything helps God bless you and thank you ❤️
The goal has been raised because the $2,000 only covers getting her home…we would like to raise more money for the service and to help Danaun take some time off.
As of Thursday evening, the GoFundMe had raised $3,400 towards its goal of $8,000. On his Facebook, Danaun showed his gratitude for the donations, writing in part,
Thank you all I can’t express how much I am thankful for you all for helping me and my baby. We have raised enough money to start the process of bringing her back home. I can never express the feelings I have right now. I know my baby can see and feel all the love you guys have expressed and continue to pour on us. I apologise if I haven’t been able to get back to everyone the last few days but I have read each msg you all have sent and me and my family are grateful for your friendship in me and in my baby girl. I hope to see you all this weekend. God bless you all.
4. Taylor Lives in Sonora, California, According to Her Facebook
Per her Facebook, Taylor lives in Sonora, California, as does Denaun. She worked at the Modesto Bee, which describes itself on Facebook as “the area’s premier source of news and information, and the leading provider of advertising options in the communities we serve. We produce top-quality, intensely local digital and print products 365 days per year — and have for more than a century.”
Taylor’s Facebook shows a number of pictures of Taylor with Davis, as well as a few that show Taylor, Danaun, and Davis, too. Per her Facebook, Taylor attended Summerville Union High School. It’s unclear how she met Wood.
5. The Cause of Death for Davis Is Unknown
The exact cause of death for Davis has not yet been declared, though Wood and Taylor have both been charged with first-degree child abuse.
However, Danaun did reveal details of his daughter’s alleged injuries in a Facebook status. He wrote,
These are the ones responsible for the death of my daughter. She suffered contusions and brusies to her face and torso and passed from internal bleeding Tuesday. They were cowards to harm a innocent 5 year old girl my only child my best friend and my world. Her own mother and her boyfriend are the reason my child no longer be able to run laugh say I love you or just enjoy being a child in a safe home.