A Las Vegas judge expressed shock Tuesday at the severity of injuries found on a 5-year-old girl whose death led to murder and felony child abuse charges against her 25-year-old mother and the mothers former professional player boyfriend.

Once youve seen them, you cant ever unsee them, Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson said of the images as she rejected a bid by LaRayah Davis mother, Amy Taylor, for release on bail pending a May 21 preliminary hearing of evidence or indictments in the case. The photos were not made public.

Taylor sobbed as she and former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Wood, 28, stood shackled in court.

She is innocent until proven otherwise, said Sarah Hawkins, Taylors court-appointed public defender.

Wood spoke only to say he understood the charges. His attorney, Thomas Ericsson, said Wood maintained his innocence and Ericsson may file a written request for his release on bail.

Prosecutor Michelle Jobe said a grand jury is expected to hear evidence about the April 9 death LaRayah, and cited Taylors statement to police that she sat on the girl while disciplining her about a week before her death.

Jobe said LaRayah died with internal injuries to her lungs and diaphragm, and the judge noted what she called injuries consistent with extreme abuse including a lacerated liver, broken ribs and severe injuries from the childs forehead to the childs about mid-thighs.

Paramedics reported finding the girl unresponsive at Woods apartment, where Taylor, a certified nurses aide, and the girl moved in after Taylor and Wood began dating late last year. LaRayah was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center.

The Clark County coroner ruled she died of multiple injuries and ruled her death a homicide.

Taylor told detectives that she and Wood were the only two people who could have killed the child, so it had to be one of us, according to a police report.

Wood told investigators he spanked the girl once when she misbehaved, but Taylor disapproved so he adopted exercise as discipline. He called it learning through fun.

Wood played for Notre Dame before stints with Houston, New England and Buffalo in the NFL and Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

He told detectives he had LaRayah do sit-ups and other exercises including running sprints in their apartment, and that the day she died LaRayah fell backward while doing sit-ups and hit her head on the carpeted floor.

Taylor told police she was at a grocery store at the time.