Who is Stacey Davis? Mother, 35, who left her baby to die in 27C heat with a fractured skull while she went shopping is jailed

Stacey Davis

A cannabis-smoking mother who left her baby at home to die in 27C temperatures with a fractured skull while she went shopping has been jailed.

Stacey Davis, 35, left her one-year-old son Ethan Davis alone in his cot for two hours in June 2018 while she ran errands and visited a park near her home in Melksham, Wiltshire.

Forensic investigator Nicola Anderson also identified that there were high levels of cannabis in Ethan’s hair
Stacey Davis

As temperatures soared, Ethan was trapped in a warm room with all windows closed and no fans running. He also had a fractured skull, which his mother said was caused by a fall, though a post-mortem was unable to determine a cause of death.

Davis, who regularly smoked cannabis around her son, then failed to check on him for at least half an hour after returning to the property. Instead, she began texting a friend, a court heard.

When she finally went into Ethan’s room, she discovered him in his cot, lifeless and unresponsive.

On June 27, 2018, the infant was rushed to Bath’s Royal United Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Who is Stacey Davis? Mother, 35, who left her baby to die in 27C heat with a fractured skull while she went shopping is jailed

Davis appeared in Salisbury Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to child cruelty. She was sentenced to two years in prison.

The prosecutor, Simon Jones, told the court that a post-mortem examination revealed Ethan had suffered a significant head injury – a 15-centimetre fracture to his skull – but that the cause of death was unknown.

In police interview, Davis told detectives that her son had fallen out of a door and hit his head – and despite the swelling, bruising and obvious distress, she failed to take him to hospital.

Mr Jones said: ‘Any reasonable parent would have noticed the distress and sought medical attention.’

Forensic investigator Nicola Anderson also identified that there were high levels of cannabis in Ethan’s hair.

She said this was consistent with Davis smoking the drug around Ethan regularly.

Ethan (pictured) was trapped in a warm room that had no opened windows or fans as temperatures soared

But Mark Ashley, representing Davis, argued that her case was a ‘classic example of post-natal depression’.

Ethan was born prematurely via a caesarean and immediately required colon surgery post-birth, resulting in a two-month stay in hospital.

Mr Ashley told the court that Davis had relationship problems and financial issues and was struggling to bond with Ethan.

She was visiting him in the hospital infrequently, blaming the inability to obtain lifts from family.

Mr Ashley added: ‘Not only suffering from that, she was coping with it in the wrong way – she was smoking cannabis.’

But Judge Richard Parkes, KC, then interjected, stating: ‘It was incredibly stupid, go outside and do it.’

Mr Ashley also described Davis’s fear of taking Ethan to the hospital with an injury after social services had previously removed him from her care due to a suspected broken leg.

Ethan was returned to her care after the injury was determined to be non-existent and no evidence of wrongdoing was discovered.

Davis had been working with Turning Point to reduce her cannabis use, but had smoked it that week due to her’stress levels being particularly high,’ he told the court.

‘Everyone involved is trying to rebuild their lives, she is trying to rebuild her life,’ Mr Ashley said, asking the judge to consider a suspended sentence.

‘The matter has been hanging over her head for years, she is extremely worried about going into custody.’

But Judge Parkes KC described Davis’ behaviour as ‘thoroughly selfish’ before sentencing her to two years’ imprisonment.

He told the defendant: ‘There is no evidence you or his father caused Ethan’s death, no suggestion you did so. The sad fact is that you fell very seriously short of the duty owed to Ethan as his mother.

Who is Stacey Davis? Mother, 35, who left her baby to die in 27C heat with a fractured skull while she went shopping is jailed

‘He suffered a 15cm skull fracture one-to-three weeks before his death, likely to be from blunt impact of significant force.

‘You failed to seek medical attention for the injury to his head. Any normal parent would put the child’s health before anything. It is clear you abandoned him on two occasions, including the day of this death.

‘This is aggravated by the fact it happened twice. You left Ethan alone in his cot in a room with a closed window. You sat on a bench at one point, and you took [a child] to the park and went to a shop.

‘You had taken your car to the car wash on way back. It is reasonably clear you weren’t in a hurry.

‘What is particularly appalling about this episode is that you spent half an hour on the phone, sending and receiving messages [when you arrived home], until you went to check on Ethan.

The mother left her one-year-old son Ethan Davis alone in his cot for two hours while she ran errands and visited a park near her home in Melksham, Wiltshire

‘You had not seen him, checked on him, for nearly three hours.’

Following her sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker, from Wiltshire Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of this young boy.

‘Davis’ actions on the day her son died fell far short of the duty she owed to him as his mother – she should have loved, cared for, and prioritized his welfare, as any loving, doting parent would.

‘It’s been more than four years since he died, and I know it’s been an incredibly difficult time for everyone who knew and loved him.’

‘The investigation team has worked tirelessly on what has been a difficult and upsetting case, and their efforts have ensured that it has now been completed.’

source:nsemwokrom.com

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