Mother jailed af­ter death of ‘fash­ion ac­ces­sory’ baby son

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A MOTHER who treated her three-week-old baby boy as a “fash­ion ac­ces­sory” has been jailed with her ex-partner for 10 years each af­ter be­ing found re­spon­si­ble for his death.

Rox­anne Davis, 30, of Gosport, Hamp­shire, and ex-partner Sa­muel Davies, 24, of Southamp­ton, were con­victed by a jury at Winch­ester Crown Court of caus­ing or al­low­ing the death of Stan­ley Davis. The trial heard that the baby died of a skull frac­ture and brain haem­or­rhage at just 24-days-old on March 28, 2017.

He had also suf­fered 32 frac­tures to his ribs and nine frac­tures to his arms and legs sus­tained dur­ing at least three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

Sen­tenc­ing the pair, Judge Jane Miller QC said that the baby was vi­o­lently shaken and could have been thrown across a room.

“Stan­ley was in pain for much of his short life,” she said. “The med­i­cal ev­i­dence is he would have cried in­con­solably for 10 to 30 min­utes, which means both of you would have been aware of his dis­tress be­cause the flat was so tiny. One of you may have been ab­sent when one of the sets of in­juries was in­flicted, but not all.”

Davis sobbed dur­ing the hear­ing and as she was taken down to the cells, she shouted out: “He’s a mur­derer.”

The judge told her: “Much of your up­set is self-serv­ing croc­o­dile tears. Your up­set was more about you rather than Stan­ley.”

She added: “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 first sign that Stan­ley had suf­fered any harm was when a health vis­i­tor found a bruise be­hind his right ear which the cou­ple had tried to con­ceal but was later mis­di­ag­nosed by a pae­di­a­tri­cian as a birth­mark.

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

Sally Howes QC, de­fend­ing Davies, who was not the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, said he had “a great sad­ness and a great feel­ing of guilt”.

Derek Ben­son, chair­man of the Hamp­shire Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren Board, has con­firmed that a re­view is be­ing car­ried out of the han­dling of the child’s care by the au­thor­i­ties.

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