Father faces life: Beat 4-year-old daughter with belt ‘so many times he lost count’

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The father of a four-year-old girl who ‘beat her so many times with a belt he lost count’ has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Darrell A. Reynolds, 29, appeared on Thursday in the Macon County Circuit Court in Decatur, Illinois,  over the death of his daughter, Amarrah, on August 31.

Darrell A. Reynolds (pictured), father of a four-year-old girl who 'beat her so many times with a belt he lost count', has appeared in court charged with her murder

The 29-year-old is facing life in prison, longer than the usual maximum of 60 years, because his alleged victim was under 12 and ‘the death resulted from exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty’,’ the Decatur Herald and Review reports.

The father confessed to the crime while the unresponsive four-year-old was being rushed to Decatur Memorial Hospital, telling police, ‘I just killed my daughter’, according to a affidavit signed by one of the officers. 

When she arrived at the emergency room, the young girl had scabs and bruises covering most of her body.

He went on to say he lost count of how many times he hit his daughter with the belt, according to the newspaper.

Amarrah’s mother, Dalvon Taylor, 26, is due to be arraigned on one count of endangering the life or health of a child on Friday.

If found guilty, she could be sentenced to between two and 10 years in prison.

The mother told police Reynolds had abused their daughter regularly over the past two years.

Reynolds (pictured) confessed to the crime while the unresponsive four-year-old was being rushed to Decatur Memorial Hospital, telling police: 'I just killed my daughter'

Amarrah's mother, Dalvon Taylor (pictured), 26, is due to be arraigned on one count of endangering the life or health of a child

Taylor said the abuse: ‘typically consisted of Darrell hitting Amarrah in the face and torso, hitting her forcefully with a belt numerous times, which caused welts to her arms, back, legs, and torso, severe pinching, and grabbing the back of her neck and lifting her off the ground’, according to the Herald and Review.

Reynolds is due to return to court for a preliminary hearing on September 28.

He is being held in jail on a $2 million bond.

GoFundMe page has been created to help Amarrah’s family cover the cost of her funeral.

Source: The DailyMail

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  1. John

    Some people who are not so violent with their children still never heard of the word Pediatrics. Find the book; It has to do with caring for babies and young children, and understanding their behavior at various stages of their life. Too often I hear and see mainly from the south women unjustly punishing their kids and always labeling them as bad and then following up with some kind of abusive name or punishment even the ones too young to understand them as if the kid is trying to defy them. Even when the kid is actually acting normal for their age, some of these people should not have children; a lot of them are girls that are 9th grade dropouts, seeking love that they never got from their parents, so they have a child that they wind up hating. And by a young man that is too young to get a job and too smart to try to take on the position of a father not realizing that the girl is dumb enough to try to be a mother.

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