Doomed baby was ‘fash­ion ac­ces­sory’, judge tells mother

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

A MOTHER was told she treated her son as a “fash­ion ac­ces­sory” af­ter she was jailed for caus­ing the three-weekold baby’s “bru­tal” death.

Rox­anne Davis, 30, of Gosport, Hants, and her ex-partner Sa­muel Davies, 24, of Southamp­ton, were con­victed at Winch­ester Crown Court of caus­ing or al­low­ing the death of baby Stan­ley. Both were jailed for 10 years.

The trial heard that the baby died of a skull frac­ture and brain haem­or­rhage at 24 days old on March 28 2017.

He had also suf­fered 32 frac­tures to his ribs and nine to his arms and legs.

Judge Jane Miller QC said: “Stan­ley was in pain for much of his short life. One of you may have been ab­sent when one of the sets of in­juries was in­flicted, but not all.”

The judge told Davis: “Your up­set was more about you rather than Stan­ley. You were de­lighted to show him off to fam­ily and friends, but when you were back at home and he wasn’t a fash­ion ac­ces­sory, you were happy to hand him over to your partner.”

The court heard that Davies was not Stan­ley’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. He and Davis both tested pos­i­tive for co­caine and cannabis af­ter their ar­rest.

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