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PHOENIX -- Two daycare service operators have been charged with felony child abuse in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was in their care.

The toddler died Tuesday while under the supervision of Ryan Reed, 27, and Allison Clements, 28, who run a daycare business out of their home near 45th and Sunland avenues.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Reed admitted to abusing Savannah Cross on numerous occasions, including striking, kicking and roughly grabbing her.

The pair had been watching the girl on a full-time basis since October and said Savannah's mother showed up occasionally to pay for the daycare.

Clements told investigators she witnessed the abusive incidents but did not try to stop it or seek medical attention.

The cause of death is pending. Additional charges may be filed based on the medical examiner's report.

Two children belonging to the suspects were taken into the custody of CPS.

Jim Cross, Reporter

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