(iWIDK By Allie Beauregard) – After a short life filled with abuse and neglect, a toddler passes, putting into question who is most responsible.
Just 3 years old, Savannah Cross died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital in Pheonix, AZ where she was rushed for intense trauma, believed to be caused by months of beating by her day care providers and legal guardians Ryan Reed, 27, and Allison Clement, 28.
Savannah had been abandoned by her birth parents in July, and would only see them about once a month when they drop off money to the Cross household.
Apparently, they never took notice to the child’s bruise-covered body.
When Cross called 911 on Tuesday morning after Savannah had spent the night moaning and barely moving, paramedics noticed the trauma to her body was healing at very different intervals, suggesting whatever caused her harm this time, wasn’t the only time.
Police arrested Cross and Clement in what they believe is a case of child abuse. Their suspicions were correct when Cross admitted he had beaten the child before, and Clement confessed to witnessing these occasions and not reporting them or giving Savannah medical attention, reported the CBS.
There was never an inspection at the so-called “day care center” as Arizona law doesn’t require private homes with under 4 children being cared for to register as a facility.
Savannah is remembered as a sweet child, caring for others to a level beyond her years, making this alleged murder truly sickening.