An innocent 4-year-old little girl screamed out, “Daddy, daddy…please…” But, it didn’t matter because daddy didn’t care. Her dad was too far gone by that point.
Darrell Reynolds, a 29-year-old father, has been accused of brutally beating his 4-year-old daughter to death at their home in Decatur, Illinois. Charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the death of his daughter Amarrah Reynolds, the dad faces 20 years to life in prison, the Herald & Review reports.
“I just killed my daughter,” Darrell Reynolds confessed to a police detective during an interview after Amarrah was transported to a local hospital in an unresponsive state, according to the officer’s affidavit. The child was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
During his police interview, Darrell also admitted to hitting 4-year-old Amarrah with a belt so many times that he lost count. “Darrell said he struck Amarrah in the head, body, and legs with the belt,” the detective on the case who did the interview wrote in his statement.
Rather than the 60-year limit in many first-degree murder cases, Darrell Reynolds is looking at the possibility of life behind bars since his victim was younger than 12 and “the death resulted from exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty,” according to the charging documents filed by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The child’s 26-year-old mother, Dalvon Taylor, was also arrested on one count of endangering the life or health of a child, punishable by a sentence of two to 10 years in prison after she admitted to the police that Darrell Reynolds had been abusing their daughter for about two years. Taylor’s charges likely resulted from the child’s autopsy photos, which law enforcement officials reported showed bruises or scars all over the girl’s tiny body.
According to detectives, Dalvon Taylor told authorities that Darrell’s abuse of Amarrah typically consisted of the father hitting their daughter in the face and torso, hitting her forcefully with a belt numerous times, causing welts to her arms, back, legs, and torso, severe pinching, and grabbing the back of her neck and lifting her off the ground.
In addition, the affidavit stated that “injuries to the inside of her thigh appear consistent with severe pinch marks that punctured the flesh.” Taylor also admitted to seeing Reynolds kick Amarrah while the child laid on the floor. While Reynolds was held in jail on a $2 million bond, Taylor was held on a $500,000 bond.
According to Taylor, Reynolds was not only abusive to their daughter but to her as well, which she claims prevented her from reporting Reynolds and the abuse of Amarrah to the police or even Child Protective Services. Instead, Reynolds was allowed to “torture” the girl, as a law enforcement official noted.
Amarrah’s family started a GoFundMe page page to help with funeral costs and raise money to assist her two siblings with acquiring school supplies, toys, and clothing. However, it was not well received by the public. Although it did raise $2,430 of its $10,000 goal, it was also flooded with some negative comments. “Disgusting family! Those kids don’t need toys, they need therapy and away from you vultures!” one person wrote.
This commenter wasn’t alone in their sentiments as others chose to question the family’s motives and express their disgust with them asking for money. “What a beautiful little girl, why was nothing done to help her in the two years this was happening to her!?” one person commented, adding, “She needed help then! Not now. Vile sick people in the world. May you now rest in peace beautiful girl.”
“Wow, when it comes to money you’re all set up! Why wasn’t ‘family’ around to help the poor girl when she was being abused for the past two years?” another comment read. “And now you want the help of others to raise money for her funeral? I don’t think anyone should pay but the family itself. They didn’t help her physically so why should anyone help financially!”