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.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Bitters said: “Today’s verdicts bring to a close this very sad investigation involving Stanley’s mother and her partner at the time of the offence.
“The extent of Stanley’s injuries at such a young age were truly shocking, no child should have to suffer in the way that he did. Stanley was found to have sustained 32 fractures to his ribs, 9 fractures to the bones in his arms and legs, and an 8cm skull fracture which was the fatal injury. These fractures appear to have been sustained on three separate occasions. A difficult decision was taken by the medical team treating him at Southampton General Hospital that his life support machines would be turned off when he was just three weeks-old due to the nature of his injuries. Sadly he later died.
“That Samuel Davies and Roxanne Davis have been found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Stanley today will bring little comfort to his relatives, but we have secured justice for them.
“Hampshire Constabulary is committed to protecting all vulnerable people in our communities, including young people, and we’ve invested significant resources over the last few years into protecting and supporting children who experience abuse.
“This case highlights our dedication to establishing the truth and bringing offenders like Davies and Davis to justice. Our thorough investigation conducted by the Major Crime and Specialist Support Team has reached this successful outcome thanks to the dedication and tenacity of the officers involved. I would like to thank them and the partner agencies who have assisted our enquiries”.
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.