Mother and ex-boyfriend jailed for 10 years after baby son died from ‘horrific’ head injury5 min read

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Mother, 30, and her ex-boyfriend, 24, are both jailed for 10 years after her three-week-old son died from a ‘horrific’ head injury

  • Roxanne Davis and ex-partner Samuel Davies have each been jailed for 10 years
  • Stanley Davis died of a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage on March 28 2017
  • Video captured police confronting the pair just days before baby Stanley died

Amie Gordon For Mailonline

A mother and her ex-boyfriend have been jailed for 10 years over the death of her 24-day-old baby who died after suffering a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage.

Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies have each been jailed for 10 years at Winchester Crown Court for causing or allowing the death of three-week-old Stanley Davis. 

Stanley died in hospital on March 28, 2017 after suffering ‘horrific injuries’. 

He had also been admitted to Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital for 32 rib fractures and nine more to his arms and legs on three other occasions.

Roxanne Davis, 30, is pictured here on police body cam footage when officers were called to her flat two weeks before the infant's death

Roxanne Davis, 30, is pictured here on police body cam footage when officers were called to her flat two weeks before the infant's death

Roxanne Davis, 30, is pictured here on police body cam footage when officers were called to her flat two weeks before the infant’s death

Her ex-boyfriend Samuel Davies, 24 (pictured) was also convicted

Her ex-boyfriend Samuel Davies, 24 (pictured) was also convicted

He is pictured answering the door of their flat when officers attended on March 11 last year, just over two weeks before Stanley died in hospital on March 28 2017

He is pictured answering the door of their flat when officers attended on March 11 last year, just over two weeks before Stanley died in hospital on March 28 2017

Her ex-boyfriend Samuel Davies, 24 (pictured) has also been jailed. He is pictured answering the door of their flat when officers attended on March 11 last year, just over two weeks before Stanley died in hospital on March 28 2017

Baby Stanley (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage before his death

Baby Stanley (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage before his death

Baby Stanley (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage before his death

Pair filmed confronting police days before baby’s death

Officers demanded to see inside the flat when they visited the pair on March 11 but both defendants insisted there had just been an argument with one of Davies’s friends over some borrowed money.

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Davies answered the door and Davis was then seen holding a tiny baby Stanley in her arms.

She told the police officer, who was recording the exchange on his body camera, that her boyfriend suffers with mental health problems.

Davies meanwhile storms out of the flat and says ‘I don’t want police at my door’ and complains they ‘don’t have a warrant’.

She says: ‘He’s normal but he just kicks off like that. It gets to him not being allowed to work.’

The officer asks her: ‘We can see that he’s been taking cannabis or something like that this evening?’

Davis replies: ‘He does smoke cannabis, yeah. He’s been drinking, He’s been out with his mates.’

She tells them: ‘I’ve got a baby now as well,’ to which the officer replies: ‘I know, congratulations. Because you were heavily pregnant last time I met you,’ – confirming he had visited the couple before.

Police officers were called to the couple’s flat just 17 days before Stanley died – when he was only one-week old – after neighbours reported them shouting.

But Davies, who was not the baby’s father, claimed he had been arguing with a friend over some borrowed money.

Davis told officers the same thing, explaining he had mental health problems, was not allowed to work and ‘just kicked off like that’.

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She also said he had been smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol, which both defendants tested positive for after Stanley died.

Their trial heard the first sign that the infant had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear.

Davies told his and his ex-partner’s trial that Stanley was looked after by him, his mother and her family, and added: ‘That baby from day two was passed around like a parcel.’

Prosecutors added that on March 15, Davies had taken a photo of a newspaper article about a mother who had taken her dead baby on to a bus to avoid detection over the child’s death from a head injury.

The court also heard how she had posted a video on Facebook on March 20 – the day before Stanley was taken to hospital – of him having a fit, along with the comment: ‘My baby is 16 days should he be doing this already.’ The boy died a week later.

Giving evidence, Davis told the court that when her son was born she was ‘over the moon’, and added: ‘I had my whole world in my hands.’

After Stanley’s death a crowdfunding page was set up to raise money for his funeral, which accumulated £2,300 in total.

His mother had written on the crowdfunding page that her son had been her ‘miracle baby’ after being told she would not be able to have children when she was younger.

Baby Stanley (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage before his death

Baby Stanley (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage before his death

Baby Stanley (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage before his death

A timeline of the Stanley Davis case 

Both Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies have been remanded in custody and await sentencing on December 7. 

4 March 2017: Stanley Davis was born

11 March 2017: police were called to an argument at the flat of Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies

15 March 2017: Davies had taken a photo of an article in The Sun newspaper about a mother who had taken her dead baby on to a bus to avoid detection over the child’s death from a head injury

16 March 2017: Davies said a large bruise was found behind Stanley’s right ear

20 March 2017: Davies had phoned a doctor, saying: ‘I have serious mental health problems and I have been using a lot of cocaine to deal with it.’

20 March 2017: Davis posts a video on Facebook on March 20 – the day before Stanley was taken to hospital – of him having a fit, along with the comment: ‘My baby is 16 days should he be doing this already.

21 March 2017: both Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies tested positive for drugs

28 March 2017: Stanley dies of a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage 

23 October 2018: trial of Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies begins at Winchester Crown Court 

28 November 2018: Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies are convicted of causing or allowing the death of her baby Stanley at Winchester Crown Court

7 December 2018:  Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies are jailed for ten years at Winchester Crown Court

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