24-day-old baby dies of brain hemorrhage after being abused by cocaine addict mother and her partner
Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davis, who had both tested positive for cocaine and marijuana after Stanley fell ill, have pleaded not guilty
The Winchester Crown Court heard the gruesome details entailing the death of 24-day-old baby Stanley Davis with the mother, 30-year-old Roxanne Davis, and her former partner, 24-year-old Samuel Davies, accused of mistreating the infant. Stanley died of a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage on March 28, 2017, and was also found to have suffered 32 fractures to his ribs as well as nine fractures to his arms and legs.
Speaking out against Davis and Davies, prosecuting James Newton-Price QC told the court, "We say Stanley was unlawfully killed by the violent actions of one of these two defendants. One of these two defendants inflicted fatal injuries to Stanley's head, causing a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage from which he could not recover."
"The other defendant was aware, or ought to have been aware, that there was a risk of serious harm to this child and they failed to take the necessary steps to protect Stanley," he continued. Both Davis and Davies had tested positive for cocaine and marijuana after Stanley fell ill, though the mother would go so far as to set up a GoFundMe page after his death to raise funds for the funeral, feigning innocence.
Newton-Price told the court about an incident that occurred a little over two weeks before Stanley's death where Davis and Davies had a heated exchange amongst one another. He said that "they had very little patience" and that text messages between them indicate they were both angry with one another.
In one of the messages, the 30-year-old had allegedly written, "I am not a stay-at-home mum," and in another, she had threatened Davies, "Everyone is going to know what a woman-beater and drug-user you are."
Newton-Price added that there were "quite common" references to cocaine and cannabis in the text exchanges, pointing to a call Davis had made to a doctor on March 20 for further proof. In the call, she said she had "serious mental health problems" and had been "using a lot of cocaine to deal with it." The court heard that, within hours of that call, Stanley started to show symptoms that were consistent with "a non-accidental brain injury arising from a skull fracture."
Newton-Price also brought up an incident from March 15 where Davis had taken a photo of an article in The Sun about how a mother who had taken her dead baby on a bus to avoid detection over the child's death from a head injury. A day later, the infant had suffered a large bruise behind his right ear.
Both Davis and Davies have denied the charges and the prosecutor admitted they currently did not know who had killed the baby. "In this case, the prosecution cannot say which defendant caused the fatal injury to the head or whether one or both of them caused the bone fractures on the earlier occasions," he said. "In this case, it's necessary to prove that one of them caused the fatal injury and the other allowed it to happen as they were aware, or ought to have been aware, of the risk and they failed to protect Stanley from this."