Ex-Irish, NFL RB Wood facing murder charge

Former running back Cierre Wood was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of child abuse and now faces a murder charge after the 5-year-old girl died.

KLAS-TV reports that Las Vegas police arrested 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 said 5-year-old La-Rayah Davis died as a result of child abuse.

Wood, 28, played in college at Notre Dame from 2010 to 2012 and spent time in the NFL with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, rushing five times in his career for 12 yards over seven games. He most recently was released by the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in 2017.

Police also have charged Amy Taylor 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.