Allison Clement and Ryan Reed Charged Again With Murder of 2-Year-Old Savannah Cross

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A year and a half after a 2-year-old girl was killed at an unlicensed Phoenix babysitting business, two people have been charged in the girl's death.

Allison Clement and Ryan Reed, the couple who ran the babysitting service, had previously been charged in Savannah Cross' death, but those charges were dropped in September.

See also:
-2012: Phoenix Babysitters Arrested After Child With "Too Many [Bruises] to Count" Dies
-2013: Charges Dropped in Brutal Killing of 2-Year-Old

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Allison Clement (left) and Ryan Reed.
Cross died in December 2012, and according to court documents had "extensive trauma to include deep tissue bruising, pattern bruising, swelling and abrasions from head to toe, front to back."

Medical staff described her bruises as "too many to count."

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

Reed, then 27, admitted to police that he would "discipline" the girl, usually by smacking her, or flicking her with his finger, according to court documents. Police said Clement admitted to knowing of this.

Reed described the fatal blows to police, saying the girl was on the floor when 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 court 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."

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Savannah Cross.
Instead of seeking medical attention for Savannah, they found her unresponsive at their home -- near 45th Street and Roeser Road -- the next morning.

Police had told us the girl was in the care of these babysitters for about a month leading up to her death because her mother "needed the help."

Months later, charges were dropped against Reed and Clement. According to court filings, the medical examiner's office was very slow to get some tests done, and a deputy Maricopa County attorney assigned to the case repeatedly told the judge that these tests would be in any day -- which turned out to not be true.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery issued the following statement yesterday, in announcing that Reed and Clement were indicted on the new charges by a grand jury:
"Despite the initial obstacles to prosecuting this case, our commitment to seek justice for this little girl never wavered. We now have the necessary investigative findings to be able to move forward with criminal charges and hold people accountable for her tragic, senseless death."
Despite the initial charges being dropped at the end of September, it wasn't long before Reed was back in jail. Phoenix police were able to gather evidence showing Savannah had been sexually abused.

Court documents cited specific DNA evidence and injuries to Savannah to support the charges. The medical examiner's testing also revealed "critically elevated levels of methamphetamine" in Savannah's system.

Reed was arrested on those charges in December, and was ordered to be held without bond.

Now, both Clement and Reed have been charged with second-degree murder and child abuse. Reed still faces additional charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

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fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

JAZUS!  If they ever get off from the murder charge, they should be locked up for being brutally butt-ugly.  

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

these people make me wanna vomit. I hope the little girl is in heaven. peace

froogledood
froogledood

Thank goodness that justice for Savannah is moving forward. I have (virtually) witnessed the heartache of her Grandmother, who is a very special person.

Godspeed Savannah! Grammy is taking care of things here.

AZ_Voice1
AZ_Voice1

The mother abandoned Savannah there for many months prior. The mother needs to be charged in this case. She abandoned Savannah in the Summer of 2012 and never checked on her. She only saw her one time which was on Thanksgiving because those 2 monsters forced Ashley to pickup Savannah for the day. Savannah is the 2nd Child of Ashley's to have been abandoned by her. Charge Ashley Dattoli (Livengood but her facebook is Dattoli)  now!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I see these two lowlife pieces of shit are indicted again.

Now let's see MontyPug secure convictions (no plea deals MontyPug)

little_elf420
little_elf420

@AZ_Voice1  I agree the mother needs to be charged as well.The 2 monsters should've called cps and turned her in for abandonment instead of murdering this precious little girl.They should also sterilize the mother so she can't have any more babies to abandon.R.I.P. sweet baby girl you deserved so much better.

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