This story is just disgusting and so tragic.
An ex-NFL running back is facing murder and child abuse charges in the death of a 5-year-old girl — after officials say he killed her through rigorous exercise used to punish her.
28-year-old Cierre Wood — a former star running back at Notre Dame — appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Tuesday in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, La’Rayah Davis.
Davis died on April 9 — and prosecutors say it’s because Wood forced her to complete a hellacious workout routine unsuited for a 5-year-old.
Officials say Wood claimed Davis had behavior issues — he also described her as “chunky” — so to punish her, Wood would force her to run wind sprints and do sit-ups and wall squats inside their apartment.
Officials say Wood admitted Davis couldn’t complete a second round of sit-ups on April 9 — and flailed backward, smacking the back of her head against the floor.