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New charges against mother, boyfriend in death of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett

Posted at 2:55 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 15:04:45-04

A mother and her boyfriend have been indicted on new charges in county court in the death of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett who was found unresponsive in a Euclid apartment in early March.

The girl's mother, Sierra Day, along with her boyfriend, Deonte Lewis, have been indicted on new charges including:

  • aggravated murder
  • murder
  • felonious assault
  • permitting child abuse
  • 3 counts of endangering children
  • tampering with evidence
Day and Lewis will be arraigned in court on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. 
In early March, Aniya was found burned and unresponsive in her Euclid apartment. She was taken to Euclid Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police said she was emaciated and bruised and, despite being burned, the fire department said there was no fire at the residence.
The girl died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the medical examiner. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Her death has sparked protests and questions, most notably from Aniya's father, Mickhal Garrett, who warned authorities in a chilling letter to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court about the alleged abuse his daughter experienced at the hands of her mother.

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Critics have demanded accountability from children and family services after it was learned that Aniya's mother was subject to multiple CFS investigations.

Cuyahoga County has convened an independent panel to review how the Department of Children and Family Services handled the case of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett.

Most recently, the daycare Aniya attended, Harbor Crest Childcare Academy in Euclid, was cited for not reporting signs of her abuse to the proper authorities, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family.