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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix couple who ran a childcare business out of their home has pleaded not guilty in the death of a young girl.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 27-year-old Ryan Reed and 28-year-old Allison Clements both were arraigned Friday.

Reed is accused of second-degree murder. He and Clements also face four counts of child abuse.

The couple was arrested in the Dec. 11 death of 2-year-old Savannah Cross.

Phoenix police say the girl had numerous injuries and Reed allegedly admitted to striking, kicking and roughly grabbing her numerous times.

Investigators believe her bruises came from different occasions because they were in various stages of healing.

Clements reportedly told detectives she witnessed the abuse but did nothing to stop it.

Police say the child had been staying with the couple since July.

Associated Press,

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