Cruel cou­ple kept Stan­ley’s in­juries a se­cret

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sur­names, had a frac­tious re­la­tion­ship with the po­lice be­ing called to the prop­erty on March 11 by neigh­bours who re­ported shout­ing com­ing from the one-bed­room flat they shared in Gosport.

Both de­fen­dants tested pos­i­tive for co­caine and cannabis af­ter be­ing ar­rested fol­low­ing Stan­ley’s hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

The first sign that Stan­ley had suf­fered any harm came when a health vis­i­tor found a bruise be­hind his right ear on March 16. The cou­ple had tried to con­ceal this, which was later mis­di­ag­nosed by a pae­di­a­tri­cian as a birth­mark.

James New­ton-Price QC, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “They were very clearly warned about the risk of harm to the baby by the po­lice and the so­cial worker when they warned them they couldn’t be­have in an ar­gu­men­ta­tive or volatile way.”

Katie Thorne QC, de­fend­ing Rox­anne Davis, said she suf­fered from de­pres­sion and added: “Miss Davis’s case has al­ways been that she didn’t cause the in­juries. Miss Davis did ac­cept her strong feel­ings of guilt in fail­ing to pro­tect Stan­ley.”

Sally Howes QC, de­fend­ing Sa­muel Davies, who was not the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, said he had “a great sad­ness and a great feel­ing of guilt”. She added: “He is clearly a very im­ma­ture man and his di­ag­noses of ADHD and emo­tion­ally un­sta­ble per­son­al­ity dis­or­der are re­cent.”

Derek Ben­son, chair­man of the Hamp­shire Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren Board, said a re­view is be­ing car­ried out of the han­dling of the child’s care by the au­thor­i­ties. ROX­ANNE Davis and Sa­muel Davies knew Baby Stan­ley had suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries – but didn’t tell med­i­cal staff.

Carl An­der­son, of the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, said: “Davis and Davies gave med­i­cal staff the im­pres­sion there were no problems with Stan­ley and only re­ported dif­fi­cul­ties in get­ting him to take his milk.

“The re­al­ity was quite dif­fer­ent. Both knew Stan­ley had al­ready suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries but nei­ther said any­thing, leav­ing Stan­ley with­out the med­i­cal at­ten­tion he des­per­ately needed.

“Both the de­fen­dants de­nied killing Stan­ley but it was clear from all the ev­i­dence that one of them had caused the hor­rific head in­jury that killed him. The other was, or should have been aware, that there was a risk of se­ri­ous harm to Stan­ley be­cause of the mul­ti­ple frac­tures he had suf­fered. But in­stead of do­ing some­thing to pre­vent any­thing fur­ther hap­pen­ing to him, they did noth­ing.”

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Fiona Bit­ters added: “No child should have to suf­fer in the way that Stan­ley did.”

Baby Stan­ley “was in pain for much of his short life,” said Judge Jane Miller at Winch­ester Crown Court Rox­anne Davis and for­mer boyfriend Sa­muel Davies were jailed for 10 years

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