4-year-old aniya day, whose mother and boyfriend have been charged in her death. home visits from cuyahoga county children and family services and injuries documented by aniya's daycare show a pattern of abuse dating back to 2015. on sunday, the euclid fire department found aniya burned and unresponsive at the cultural garden apartments. she was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. an autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the head. a follow-up visit by children and family services was scheduled for monday.
prior to the 911 call that brought ems to aniya's home, children and family services had closed several cases of alleged physical abuse against aniya, say police.
the girl’s mother, sierra day, didn’t have a criminal record in may 2017 when a report was filed by aniya's daycare, harbor crest daycare, for "abusing a minor." the daycare had been documenting injuries to aniya since 2015 at that point.
news 5 sent a reporter to the daycare for comment, but it declined to do so. according to police, the daycare's incident reports concerning aniya included:
september 17, 2015: bruise to right side of face, looked like a hand print.
october 22, 2015: bruise to the right side of face, looked like a hand print. child cried most of the day.
september 12, 2016: bruises on face, eye and arm. mother stated that aniya had fallen out of bed and she had removed some bandages where aniya had gotten shots.
september 21, 2016: bruises on her face, under her eye and on her eye lid. aniya stated that mom did it.
october 25, 2016: bump on head. aniya was crying.
december 1, 2016: aniya had a bruise under her right eye and was crying. aniya stated that mom had hit her. mom stated it happened at applebee’s
december 2, 2016: bruise on left? (sic) aniya stated that mom had been hitting her.
december 6, 2016: rug burn type scar on left elbow. aniya said that mom hit her.
december 27, 2016: bruise on forehead. mommy hit me.
january 18, 2017: aniya came to school with several bruises on the face, arm and back. aniya has a raised bruise on her left upper forearm.
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