Two Illinois parents were brought into custody after their 4-year-old daughter died on Aug. 31 from her injuries. While it was initially unclear if the parents were responsible for their child's death, an autopsy report confirmed the girl's death was a direct result of her father's abuse.
Amarrah Reynolds was rushed to a Decatur hospital covered in bruises and scabs. She was in critical condition and later died from her injuries, according to WAND. Her autopsy showed that she had a number of injuries consistent with intentional trauma or abuse. Officers found Amarrah at the hospital with "numerous areas of scabbing and bruising covering [her] entire body," as well as "a concentrated area of healing and fresh wounds on the inside of her thighs."
Her parents have confessed to a long history of abusing their daughter. On the day of the incident, Amarrah was allegedly acting out, and "time-out" punishments seemed to have no effect, according to her father, 29-year-old Darrell Reynolds Jr. He decided to punish Amarrah by hitting her with his belt. He reports he lost count as to how many times he struck her.
After the beating, the 4-year-old, reportedly stood up, dazed, and fell down countless times, hitting her head on the television, wall and floor. WAND reports that the autopsy showed acute subdural hemorrhages to the brain and contusions indicating blunt force head trauma. The coroner's office confirms her head injuries were the cause of death.
Reynolds is now facing charges of manslaughter or reckless homicide. Although she did not participate in the abuse, Amarrah's mother, 26-year-old Dal'von Taylor-Reynolds is also being charged with endangering the life and health of a child, resulting in death.
Taylor-Reynolds told police "Darrell has been abusing Amarrah for approximately two years," according to the police statement. She never reported the abuse because Reynolds threatened and abused her as well and she was afraid to speak out.
According to Reynolds' police statements, he knew his actions qualified as abuse and he was "sorry."