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Lack of ME resources leads to dropped charges against daycare couple

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Allison Clements, left, and Ryan Reed. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Allison Clements, left, and Ryan Reed. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Savannah Cross died after she was found not breathing at the daycare center run by Clements and Reed on Dec. 11, 2012. (Source: Family of Savannah Cross) Savannah Cross died after she was found not breathing at the daycare center run by Clements and Reed on Dec. 11, 2012. (Source: Family of Savannah Cross)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Charges have been dropped against a couple who ran an in-house daycare business where a 2-year-old girl died almost a year ago.

Ryan Reed, 27, and 28-year-old Allison Clements were facing felony child-abuse charges after admitting to hurting Savannah Cross, several times.

But the case ran up against a legal deadline because there weren't enough resources in the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, and the Maricopa County Superior Court dropped the charges.

Lab results aren't finished and the final report isn't done so, the charges were dropped and the couple were ordered released from jail.

But, since the court dropped the charges without prejudice, the charges can be re-filed.

Reed and Clements had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The couple had been watching Savannah on a full-time basis since October 2012. Reed admitted to abusing the girl by striking, kicking and roughly grabbing the victim, said Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department.

 

 

Clement told investigators she saw the incidents of abuse but did not try to stop it or seek medical aid for the child's injuries, Crump said.

Crump said the child was pronounced dead at a hospital after she was found not breathing on Dec. 11, 2012, at the home near Southern Avenue and 45th Street.

Crump said Savannah's mother often would leave her for days or weeks at a time at the couple's home.

Police said the mother cooperated fully.

Four other children were in the home at the time of the death, including two belonging to Reed and Clement, Crump said.

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