Mother and partner convicted following death of baby boy

|News, Violent crime

A mother whose 24-day-old baby son died of head injuries has been convicted of causing or allowing his death, along with her partner.

Roxanne Davis, 30, mother of Stanley Davis, and her partner, Samuel Davies, 24, were convicted today (28 November) following a trial at Winchester Crown Court.

The court heard that Stanley lived for 24 days and that Davis and Davies had been his main carers since his birth on 4 March 2017. Stanley was rushed to hospital on 21 March and died later.

The jury was told that one of the two defendants inflicted fatal injuries to Stanley’s head, causing a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage from which he could not recover.

Following his death, Stanley’s body was examined by medical experts and in addition to the fracture to his skull, he was found to have sustained 32 fractures to his ribs and nine fractures to his arms and legs that were caused on more than one earlier occasion.

Carl Anderson, of the CPS, said: “The CPS presented evidence to the court including CCTV, telephone logs and medical records from doctors and nurses who saw Stanley and medical experts who provided evidence in relation to his injuries.

“During post-natal appointments and check-ups, 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 already suffered but instead of doing something to prevent anything further happening to him, they did nothing.

“Our thoughts are with the members of Stanley’s extended family who have lost a child in such harrowing circumstances.”

The defendants will be sentenced on 7 December.

Notes to editors

  • Carl Anderson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex
  • Roxanne Davis (D.O.B. 19/01/1988) was convicted of one count of causing or allowing the death of a child
  • Samuel Davies (D.O.B. 12/02/1994) was convicted of one count of causing or allowing the death of a child.

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