The parents of a 4-year-old girl brutally beaten to death are now behind bars. According to the Herald Review, Amarrah C. Reynolds was rushed to Decatur Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:15pm on September 1.
The unresponsive child arrived at the hospital with “numerous areas of scabbing and bruising covering her entire body,” according to a probable cause affidavit completed Decatur PD detective Erik Ethell. Less than two hours later, Amarrah was pronounced dead.
Previous and Fresh Injuries
The police statement also revealed Amarrah had “a concentrated area of healing” consistent with previous injuries. She also had “fresh wounds on the inside of her thigh”. Since the wounds raise speculation of abuse in the home, detectives turned their attention toward her parents.
When questioned, her father, Darrell A. Reynolds, 29, made a chilling confession about the series of events that led to her death. Apparently, the ruthless act began as a form of discipline taken to extreme measures. He claimed his daughter had been “acting up lately” and time-out was no longer effective. So, he resorted to beating her with a black belt. Reynolds admitted he struck her so many times he “lost count”.
The Baby Girl Had Extensive Injuries To Her Body
Preliminary autopsy results indicated Amarrah’s death was attributed to head injuries. The child suffered “subdural hemorrhages, the medical term for bleeding in the brain, and multiple bruises consistent with blunt force trauma,” according to Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day. “The extensive injuries to the body are consistent with non-accidental, inflicted trauma,” the release said.
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.
Stood Up, Was Dazed, And Fell Down Countless Times, Heartless
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.
Her Mother Should Pay Too
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.”
Both parents have been arrested and charged in connection with Amarrah’s death. Darrell Reynolds is facing a preliminary charge of reckless homicide or manslaughter. He is currently being held on a $2 million bond, according to Fox Illinois. Her mother, Dal’von Reynolds, is facing a preliminary charge of child endangerment. Formal charges will be determined by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.