EUCLID, Ohio - Horrific details are emerging about the abuse sustained by 4-year-old Aniya Day, whose mother and boyfriend have been charged in her death. 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. When asked about it, Aniya stated that her mommy had scratched her.
February 10, 2017: Aniya has a dark-colored bruise under her left eye. Aniya stated that mom did this. Staff had noticed bruises on her every day when she comes in.
March 14, 2017: Right side of lip. Busted lip.
May 15, 2017: Scrape on top and under nose. Mother said child fell at the park. Child says mommy pushed her down at home.
May 18, 2017: Right side of head and ear. Swollen and dried blood.
According to police, a childcare center worker said Aniya wanted to be held and hugged, and constantly asked, “Am I being good?”
On May 18, 2017, Aniya was transported to Euclid Hospital when daycare staff noticed dry blood in her ear and abrasions on her head, according to a police report.
At the hospital, police gave a county social worker a report detailing all the incidents listed above. According to police, Aniya told the county social worker, "Mommy hits her and hurts her."
News 5 has requested reports related to Aniya from Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, which, days later, has yet to provide them.
Children and family services were made aware of the reports of abuse, and a worker told police on March 6, 2018 the agency received a request from an "undisclosed party" to conduct a home visit and evaluation on Aniya.
Police say that when paramedics arrived at Aniya’s home on Sunday, March 11, Aniya was in full cardiac arrest. When she was placed in the ambulance, medics told police that they saw Day and Lewis standing near the entrance of the apartment building showing "no emotion that the child was being placed into the ambulance.”
At the hospital, police noticed abuse to Aniya. She had a black swollen mark on her left eye with a laceration, causing her eye to be completely swollen shut, according to a police report.
Several burn marks were on her right ankle that appeared to have blistered, popped open and dried, police said. Aniya’s arms and legs were "very thin, and you could see every bone in her ribs." It appeared she had been deceased "for some time," and her skin was cold to the touch.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story mentioned home visits from Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. Police say CFS closed several cases, but we have not confirmed the agency ever visited
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These Cowardly father's use Lame excuses. NOTHING IN THE WORLD WOULD STOP ME FROM TAKING MY CHILD OUT OF HARMS WAY. THEN SEEK CUSTODY. But i couldn't sleep Knowing my child somewhere being harmed. Oh Hell No.
Fathers please please please take videos or pictures of any cuts, wounds or bruises of your child body. Always examine your children immediately when they come in your presence. Text or email the pictures to the mother of any questionable injuries. Call the police and report any signs of neglect, abuse or injuries. These trail of police reports will be needed in a custody battle.
This breaks my heart how the hell could this evil women do this to her child!!! This makes me soooo mad and sad. Not anybody should have children!!!!!! This is so unfair. Poor child of course she was about to be killed look how abused she was. Rip sweeet sweet angel 🙏🙏🙏👶🏼😭
It’s sick that some people can be that horrible to bring beautiful children into the world and hurt them abuse them kill them it’s terrible and people like that should rot in hell you don’t need people like that in the world rest in peace you little angel ❤️
Dear aniyah, if you read this, i dont know you but since you didnt live long m, live a better life. Protect your dad and make sure your mom pays for what she did. You are a beautiful girl, and you didn’t deserve this. I hope you do better RIP and protect your dad! Love you❤️❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕
you will reap what you sow always dam scumbags i pray they rape and burn their asses in jail raoe their asses rape beat their asses to death that poor little baby girl rip beautiful angel they will definitely pay god dont like ugly 😭 that angel is Dead oh Lord so sorry for her Jesus loves you baby girl RIP DARLING 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇
I just found out about this and I hope that little girl is doing good up in heaven and hoping she Rest In Peace and that the father is doing better even if he still feels hurt inside but I hope kids who are going through this could speak up and get help
I never understood abusive and neglectful parents. To my momma and step dad I never want to see y’all ever in my life ever again I got the stitches don’t need the memories and pops holla at me from heaven. Rest easy; and to those sick fucks I hope one day I will find you and talk, just talk about how a little girl your own fucking daughter is 6 feet under because of what? She could’ve grown up and become a world leader. Her slow death was upon the both of you and only you 2. y’all disgust me
I hope that mom BURNS IN HELL. How the fuck do u kill ur own child and tell LIES about it. I have a 2 year old brother and 1 year old sister. I could never imagine that happening to them. I can’t believe them. What has our world come to. They both can burn and rot in hell.
This mother is horrible!To do this to your own child! Sick in the damn head!!!!! They knew she was dead and tried to blame it on the lobster! God forbid me but they will burn in Hell! She deserved way more than she got ! She didn’t even get to graduate Highschool😰 Killing the person you gave BIRTH TO!!!!!! ONLY 4 YEARS SHE GOT TO LIVE FOR ARE YOU SERIOUS! I HOPE THEY ROT IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES:(
Who in their right mind goes through the pain of birthing a child, raising that child, growing a strong bond just to beat, abuse, torture the poor child. This just makes me sick to the bone. I would say I feel the dad’s pain but I can’t imagine how much pain he’s in. Poor baby had to go through all that. I don’t mean to sound crazy but I think it’s better now that she’s no longer suffering. She no longer has to be beaten, abused or tortured any more. I feel bad for the father, imagine the heartbreak of your own spouse killing your daughter. It’s bone chilling, disgusting, and horrifying. And the sad thing is this happens all around the world and people aren’t doing anything about it. I really hope that they get a life sentence in jail. Don’t mean to bring harm to anyone but I really hope those two experience the same thing.
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