Former NFL player and girlfriend are charged with 20 felony child abuses

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A former NFL player and his girlfriend have been indicted with 20 felony child abuses after her five-year-old daughter died while doing sit-ups.

Previous Canadian football league running back Cierre Marcelle Wood, 28, had put 26-year-old Amy Taylor's daughter La'Rayah Davis on a grueling exercise regime because he thought she was 'chunky'.

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The girl collapsed and hit her head on the carpeted floor on April 9, before being rushed to a Las Vegas hospital where she later died.

An autopsy later found the child had 20 newly broken ribs, internal bleeding, a lacerated liver and bruises to her heart, diaphragm and connective tissue.

Bruises - Girl - Abdomen - Arms - Legs

There were also numerous bruises on the girl's abdomen, back, arms and legs that were described as finger-pokes.

The girl and her mother had moved into the flat that Wood shares with his daughter less than two weeks before her death.

Wood - Police - Exercise - Discipline - La'Rayah

Wood told police he used the exercise as discipline, and had La'Rayah running sprints in the apartment on the day she died.

Taylor has claimed she was at the grocery store at the time.

Police - Claim - Wood - Girl - Path

Police claim Wood told them he wanted to get the girl on the 'right path' because she was 'chunky', reported News 3.

Taylor also reportedly sat on the child a week before her death in order to discipline her.

Bail - Hearing - Wood - June - Indictment

A scheduled bail hearing for Wood on June 14 was cancelled after the indictment, and the case was moved to the state court for a trial.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Wood - Accusations - July - Lawyer - Thomas

Wood has said he plans to plead not guilty to the accusations on July 2, according to his lawyer Thomas Ericsson, while Taylor's public defence, Sarah Hawkins, declined to comment.

The pair were arrested in early April this year. Wood had previously been facing child abuse and neglect charges.

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