Aniya Day Garrett: mother & boyfriend plead not guilty in 4-year-old's murder, 2nd day care cited for not reporting abuse

Published: Apr. 12, 2018 at 11:01 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 at 10:34 AM EDT
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Aniya Day-Garrett (Source: Facebook)
Aniya Day-Garrett (Source: Facebook)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Sierra Day and Deonte Lewis appeared in a Cuyahoga County courtroom Thursday morning to face charges related to 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett's murder.

Day, who is Aniya's mother, and her boyfriend both pleaded not guilty to:

  • Aggravated murder
  • Murder
  • Felonious assault
  • Permitting child abuse
  • Endangering children
  • Tampering with evidence

"The abuse suffered by this child is among the worst we have seen," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley. "We intend to seek justice for Aniya."

Aniya was found by Euclid paramedics and police on March 11 after Day called 911 to report her child has stopped breathing. She was taken to Euclid Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to the court records, Aniya was malnourished, had bruises to her face, and burns on her body. She was also allegedly tortured and restrained for periods of time.

Several day cares and the Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services are under fire after improperly handling the reported child abuse of Aniya and other local children. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services cited  Harbor Crest Childcare Academy and Get Ready Set Grow Child Care Center, both in Euclid.

Cleveland 19 News stopped by Get Ready Set Grow but no one wanted to address the allegations on camera.

Like Harbor Crest, Get Ready Set Grow will have to compile a corrective action plan and submit it to the state.

Bond was held at $1 million for both Day and Lewis. Their next court date is scheduled for April 17.

See below for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services inspection report of Get Ready Set Grow day care:

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