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article imageSuspects indicted in death of Savannah Cross Special

By Justin King     Jul 14, 2014 in Crime
Phoenix - The two daycare providers that had 2-year-old Savannah Cross in their custody the night before her death have been charged with murder. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office leveled other charges against Allison Clement and Ryan Reed as well.
The defendants ran a daycare service that was advertised through craigslist. Savannah was murdered in 2012 but the criminal prosecution was severely delayed because of a missing autopsy report. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said
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.
Savannah sustained multiple injuries prior to her death and was allegedly left to suffer through the night. Sexual abuse is also suspected and is reflected in the charges. Both Reed and Clement are charged with second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse. Reed is charged with an additional two counts of child abuse and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. The charges are likely to put the pair in prison for decades.
Savannah’s grandmother, Cathy, spoke highly of those that worked the case stating
We appreciate the diligence of the Phoenix PD Homicide Division, Detective Sgt David Otanez and Jennifer Mellinger as well as Rachael Mitchell - head of the sex crimes division for their relentless pursuit of Justice for Savannah.
Savannah s birthday cake.
Savannah's birthday cake.
Cathy Cross
Cathy, who was interviewed by Digital Journal in March, runs a blog in which she chronicles the entire roller-coaster of events leading up to the indictment. On December 30, 2014, she will be holding a Cupcake Memorial for Savannah, just as she did last year. Savannah’s birthday is December 30th. It would have been her fifth.
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