Mother who used baby as ‘fashion accessory’ jailed for 10 years over his death
A mother has been jailed for 10 years for allowing her baby to die when he was three weeks old.
Roxanne Davis, 30, from Gosport and her ex-partner Samuel Davies, 24, from Southampton, were convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of causing or allowing the death of Stanley Davis.
The baby had suffered a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage, as well as 32 other fractures to his ribs and nine to his arms and legs.
The injuries were sustained in three different incidents.
Davis, who was accused of treating her son like a fashion accessory, cried throughout the hearing and shouted “he’s a murderer” as she was taken down to the cells.
Sentencing her, Judge Jane Miller said: “Stanley was in pain for much of his short life.
“The medical evidence is he would have cried inconsolably for 10 to 30 minutes, which means both of you would have been aware of his distress because the flat was so tiny. One of you may have been absent when one of the sets of injuries was inflicted, but not all.”
Addressing the mother’s tears, Judge Miller said: “Much of your upset is self-serving crocodile tears. Your upset was more about you rather than Stanley.
“You were delighted to show him off to family and friends, but when you were back at home and he wasn’t a fashion accessory, you were happy to hand him over to your partner.”
The couple had a fractious relationship with police, and officers had attended their one-bedroom flat in Gosport, Hampshire, in March when neighbours reported shouting from inside.
The pair tested positive for cannabis and cocaine after they were arrested when Stanley was taken to hospital.
On 16 March, a health visitor spotted a bruise on Stanley, which was the first sign of harm, but a paediatrician misdiagnosed it as a birthmark.
Davis, who suffers from depression, said she had a “strong feelings of guilt” over failing to protect her son but maintained that she did not cause the injuries.
Davies, her ex-partner but not Stanley’s father, has been diagnosed with ADHD and emotionally unstable personality disorder.
They will serve 10 years in total, five of which will be on licence.
Derek Benson, chairman of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, said a review of the case was being carried out by authorities.