Father of baby left to die by his mother welcomes her jail sentence
2nd December 2022

‘She is a child abuser and paid the price’: Father of baby who was left to die by his mother while she went SHOPPING says she ‘got what she deserved’ after she was jailed for two years

  • Stacey Davis left her one-year-old baby Ethan alone in his cot for two hours
  • Meanwhile, she ran errands including getting car washed and going shopping
  • Davis then failed to check on Ethan for more than 30 minutes after she returned
  • When she finally did, she found him lifeless at her home in Melksham, Wiltshire
  • Her former partner has welcomed her ‘deserved’ two-year jail sentence 

The former partner of a cannabis smoking mother jailed for letting their baby son die by leaving him alone in his cot in sweltering temperatures welcomed her prison sentence and said: ‘She’s a child abuser who got what she deserved.’ 

Stacey Davis, 35, left her one-year-old son Ethan Davis alone in his cot for two hours with a fractured skull while she ran a number of errands and visited a park near her home in Melksham, Wiltshire, in June 2018.

Ethan was trapped in a room in which all windows were closed and no fans were in use as temperatures soared to 27C.

He was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.

Davis, who failed to check on her son for an hour after returning home even though he had a serious head injury she said was from a fall, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday after an offence of child cruelty.

Ethan’s father Luke Turvey welcomed the sentence of his former partner.

The mother left her one-year-old son Ethan Davis alone in his cot for two hours while she ran errands and visited a park near her home in Melksham, Wiltshire

Stacey Davis (pictured outside Salisbury Crown Court) has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for child cruelty

Ethan (pictured) was trapped in a warm room that had no opened windows or fans as temperatures soared

The police custody photograph of Davis, who has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for child cruelty 

 Davis was told by a judge: ‘The sad fact is that you fell very seriously short of the duty owed to Ethan as his mother’

Writing on Facebook he said: ‘So a long four and a half years has finally finished today, Stacey Davis has gone to prison for two years for cruelty and neglect of my son Ethan.

‘Me and my family are extremely emotional and happy that she got what she deserved. And for anyone who backed her and stood up for her I hope you feel like complete and utter idiots and I hope you feel ashamed of yourselves, she is a child abuser and has paid the price by going to prison.’

Mr Turvey said Davis had taunted him and his family at an earlier hearing at Salisbury Crown Court when her sentencing was adjourned.

He added: ‘It’s crazy that the person convicted of child cruelty against my deceased baby son had the audacity to look at me and my family and say ‘shame’ just because her sentencing was adjourned. Just goes to show her lack of remorse.’

The infant was rushed to Royal United Hospital in Bath on June 27, 2018, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Davis appeared at Salisbury Crown Court to be sentenced yesterday, having earlier pleaded guilty to an offence of child cruelty. She was jailed for two years.

Simon Jones, prosecuting, earlier told a court that a post-mortem examination revealed Ethan had suffered a significant head injury – a 15-centimetre fracture to his skull – but a cause of death remained unascertained. 

In police interview, Davis told detectives that her son fell to the floor and hit his head – and despite the swelling, bruising and obvious distress, she failed to take him to hospital.

Mr Jones said: ‘Any reasonable parent would have noticed the distress and sought medical attention.’

Forensic investigator Nicola Anderson also identified that there were high levels of cannabis in Ethan’s hair.

She said this was consistent with Davis smoking the drug around Ethan regularly.

But Mark Ashley, representing Davis, argued that her case was a ‘classic example of post-natal depression’.

Ethan was born prematurely via a caesarean and immediately required colon surgery post-birth, resulting in a two-month stay in hospital.

Mr Ashley told the court that Davis had relationship problems and financial issues and was struggling to bond with Ethan.

She was visiting him in the hospital infrequently, blaming the inability to obtain lifts from family.

Mr Ashley added: ‘Not only suffering from that, she was coping with it in the wrong way – she was smoking cannabis.’

But Judge Richard Parkes, KC, then interjected, stating: ‘It was incredibly stupid, go outside and do it.’

The mother’s former partner welcomed the two-year jail sentence online, saying Davis had ‘got what she deserved’

Davis, who regularly smoked cannabis around her son, failed to check on him for at least half an hour after returning to the property

Davis had relationship problems and financial issues and was struggling to bond with Ethan, a court heard

Mr Ashley also told of how Davis was scared to take Ethan to the hospital with an injury after social services previously removed him from her care due to a suspected broken leg.

Ethan was returned to her care when the injury was found not to exist and there was no evidence found of any wrongdoing.

He told the court that Davis had been working with Turning Point to cut out her cannabis use, but had smoked it that week due to her ‘stress levels being particularly high’.

Mr Ashley asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence, adding: ‘Everybody involved is trying to rebuild their lives, she is trying to rebuild her life.

‘The matter has been hanging over her head for years, she is extremely worried about going into custody.’

But Judge Parkes, KC, described Davis’s behaviour as ‘thoroughly selfish’ before sentencing her to two years’ imprisonment.

He told the defendant: ‘There is no evidence you or his father caused Ethan’s death, no suggestion you did so. The sad fact is that you fell very seriously short of the duty owed to Ethan as his mother.

Forensic investigator Nicola Anderson also identified that there were high levels of cannabis in Ethan’s hair

The court heard Davis (pictured) was scared to take Ethan to the hospital with an injury after social services previously removed him from her care due to a suspected broken leg

‘He suffered a 15cm skull fracture one-to-three weeks before his death, likely to be from blunt impact of significant force.

‘You failed to seek medical attention for the injury to his head. Any normal parent would put the child’s health before anything. It is clear you abandoned him on two occasions, including the day of this death.

‘This is aggravated by the fact it happened twice. You left Ethan alone in his cot in a room with a closed window. You sat on a bench at one point, and you took [a child] to the park and went to a shop.

‘You had taken your car to the car wash on the way back. It is reasonably clear you weren’t in a hurry.

‘What is particularly appalling about this episode is that you spent half an hour on the phone, sending and receiving messages [when you arrived home], until you went to check on Ethan.

‘You had not seen him, checked on him, for nearly three hours.’

Following her sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker, from Wiltshire Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of this young boy. 

‘Davis’s actions on the day her son died fell well below the duty she owed to him as his mother – she should have loved him, cared for him and put his welfare first, as any loving, doting parent would.

‘It has been over four years since he died and I know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone who knew and loved him.

‘The investigation team have worked tirelessly on what has been a challenging and extremely upsetting case and their hard work has ensured it has now been followed through to its conclusion.’

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