Phoenix daycare operators arrested in child death

CREATED Dec 12, 2012

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PHOENIX (AP) - Police say a Phoenix couple who ran a childcare business out of their home face felony child abuse charges after a 3-year-old girl died after being discovered not breathing in the home.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said Wednesday that 27-year-old Ryan Reed and 28-year-old Allison Clements could face additional charges after an autopsy on Savannah Cross. Her cause of death was not immediately known.

Crump says Savannah had numerous injuries when she died Tuesday and said Reed admitted to striking, kicking, and roughly grabbing the girl on numerous occasions. Clements reportedly told detectives she witnessed the abuse but did nothing to stop it.

Savannah was staying with the couple full-time, and her mother occasionally stopped by to pay.

It was not clear if either had a lawyer.

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