darrell-a-reynoldsDECATUR, IL – Man arraigned on on first-degree murder charges after beating his 4-year-old daughter to death with a belt.

On August 31, 4-year-old Amarrah Reynolds was rushed to the hospital in an unresponsive state and would be pronounced dead later that same day.

When she was brought in, there were bruises and scars all over her body. There were also “injuries to the inside of her thigh appear consistent with severe pinch marks that punctured the flesh.”

According to charging documents filed by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office, these injuries were the result of “exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty” doled out by her father, 29-year-old Darrell Reynolds.

When questioned by police, Reynolds stated he “just killed his daughter” and admitted to police that he routinely beat the girl with a belt for the last two years. During this last beating, Reynolds said he used a belt to strike the girl in the head body and legs so many times that he lost count.

Even worse is the fact that this years long torture was witnessed by the girl’s mother, 26-year-old Dalvon Taylor. She says she did not report the abuse because Reynolds was also abusive to her as well.

“Dalvon stated 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.”

Reynolds was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He’s facing a life sentence because the victim was younger than 12. Dalvon was arrested and charged with one count of endangering the life or health of a child and facing a possible 10 years in prison.

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