Phoenix Babysitters Arrested After Child With "Too Many [Bruises] to Count" Dies

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Allison Clement (left) and Ryan Reed.
A married couple that runs an unlicensed babysitting business out of their home has been arrested, after a 3-year-old girl with many, many injuries died in their care, according to police.

The girl's exact cause of death isn't known, but police say 27-year-old Ryan Reed admitted to abusing the girl, and his wife, 28-year-old Allison Clement, knew that the abuse was happening, yet didn't do anything about it.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 3-year-old Savannah Cross died yesterday morning, and had sustained "extensive trauma to include deep tissue bruising, pattern bruising, swelling and abrasions from head to toe, front to back."

"The medical staff described the bruises as 'too many to count,'" a probable-cause statement says. "These bruises appeared to be in different stages of healing, and could not have been caused by a single traumatic event."

One of the girl's eyes also had significant injuries, which police say likely caused a permanent loss of vision.

Clement and Reed told police they had been babysitting this girl since July, but had been watching her full-time since November 23. When asked why the girl had been left with babysitters for so long, Phoenix police Sergeant Crent Crump tells New Times that the girl's mother "needed the help." The mother would show up at the house occassionally to pay Clement and Reed, he says.

Clement first told investigators that the girl got injuries because the girl would often fall or run into things, but eventually told police that "she was protecting Reed," according to the documents.

She said Reed would grab the girl, slap her, and even sit on her legs.

Clement didn't seek medical attention for the girl at any point, according to court documents, nor did she report any of these things to the authorities.

Reed told police that he would "discipline" the girl -- usually by smacking her, or flicking her with his finger.

"He said that at least some of her visible bruising injuries had been caused in this manner," a probable-cause statement reads. "Reed added that his disciplining of Savannah at times was 'excessive.'"

Reed said he'd seen the girl's eye apparently get worse, but didn't say he had anything to do with it -- nor did he seek medical attention for her. Reed also compared her eye "to the progressive blindness of a pet dog he once had," court documents note.

Reed also told police of an incident that occurred Monday evening. Reed said the girl was on the floor, and he accidentally tripped on her while trying to walk over her, as he "inadvertently kicked" her with his first foot, and "stomped" her in the abdomen with his second, according to the documents.

"The victim immediately curled up with her arms around her abdomen and spent the rest of the evening in this posture," according to the probable-cause statement. "Reed said that he ultimately picked her up and placed her in her playpen that evening and heard her making groaning sounds throughout the night."

Again, police say Reed did not seek medical attention for the girl, and instead found her unresponsive at their house -- on the 5400 block of South 45th Street -- the next morning.

The girl's mother told police that when she dropped off her child with Reed and Clement on November 23, her daughter had only "minor bumps and bruises." Her eye was also fine, according to the girl's mother.

Clement and Reed were both booked on child-abuse charges, although Crump says additional charges may be filed once the medical examiner's report is completed.

Reed's bond was set at $1 million, and Clement's was set at $375,000.


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24 comments
jmcg051
jmcg051

They should each have 5 million dollar bonds set against them. if ever there were people who deserve to die for their crimes these to are the top qualifiers. of course that is if they live that long in jail. their case, charges, and info as to what they did should be made public knowledge in the jail they are being held at and then put them in genpop. with their names scrolled across their prison clothes with a picture of that poor baby right under theor names. this entire thing is sick - as soon as the gavel drops after they're found guilty they should be executed

comrade
comrade

Shit, more Jaffy relatives, what a cesspool.

melodylapier
melodylapier

Give them both the death penalty; that's what they gave to an innocent 3 year old baby. But first put them both in the general population where they can be beaten,.kicked and stomped by someone at least 200 lbs heavier than them and refuse to provide any medical treatment.

MrDuke
MrDuke

They both need to be immediately shot in the face and any offspring wiped from the face of the earth!  We've already done away with due process in other circumstances, and this one sure as shit warrants it. Or at least lets hope they do throw them in general population.  A little street justice will do as well. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Both of them are probably in protective custody. Neither one would last ten minutes in general population. The kids who were in their care should not be placed with relatives. They're probably white trash just like the parents.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the poor father of this girl has to be beside himself right now. he suffers from PTSD and gave up his rights to his daughter to protect her from his disorder and keep her safe, and this is what happened to the poor girl. sad and tragic,

samaragraham
samaragraham

This couple and, mother need prayers. Just sad what happened to that poor baby at least now she is no longer suffering. God is the ultimate judge and these people will surely get what they deserve.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

let JAF go off on this one and do NOT insult him. let him spit out all his hate on these people unimpeded. these people deserve any and all hate that can be thrown their way. i actually encourage JAF to rant on this one about these people

justme
justme

This breaks my heart!!!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

If there is a Hell, I hope these two spend eternity in it, getting injured daily in the way they injured this child.

rickthepr1ck
rickthepr1ck

i hope they hang both of them.   i hate  child abuser anf guys that hit women. both are losers

teknik
teknik

@MrDuke the quick death you propose is far to kind for a grown man that beats up little tiny kids.

this dude needs to have is ass kicked repeatedly for the rest of his life, he still probably won't understand the fear this poor child lived with.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 lol that wont stop the guards from letting someone beat the crap out of them...its happened many times before..remember the guy that killed the other inmate on tape, then a few months later beat up an old man in lock down? yea, guards set that up cause they didnt like the old man..(personally cant blame them, guys a rapist)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan dig deeper for more comments about these people. i wont knock on you for it. this is one site where your hate can be justified and supported. you arent hearing me disagree with you on this one

lonelycoyote69
lonelycoyote69

@danzigsdaddy I personally know the father. I haven't seen him since this has happened. I am sure he is highly upset. My husband's and my thoughts and prayers are with him and Savannah's family.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@lonelycoyote69  if you truly know him, tell him a fellow marine who also suffers PTSD and has had both of his children pass on has him in his prayers and in his heart

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 he's not the dad. the dad is a vet who suffers PTSD. he gave up his rights to his daughter to protect her from his disorder and keep her safe. whats sad is that he did a hard and honorable thing to protect her and this is what happened instead. i also suffer PTSD and can see why he thought it would be protecting his daughter by keeping her away. my heart goes out to her family. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@lonelycoyote69 i suffer PTSD from granada, my son was killed in a hit and run at 9yrs old and my daughter passed from a bad heart at 6 months. i feel for him and can somewhat relate what he must be going through. i wish him the best, and offer my condolences

lonelycoyote69
lonelycoyote69

@danzigsdaddy I am hoping to get to talk to him soon. he has been with his family since this has happened and I have been told that him and his brother is on his way to phoenix today. 12-14-12

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