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1-year-old girl in suspected abuse case dies

Published: Wed, April 7, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Elise Franco




Shawn Edward Davis

A township man is jailed on safety forces’ suspicion that he abused his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter, who died Tuesday night of her injuries, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Shawn Edward Davis, 25, was charged Monday with felonious assault after Austintown police and fire personnel and Lane Ambulance were called to 854 Compass West Drive around 1:15 p.m. that day.

He is in Mahoning County jail in lieu of $12,000 bond and will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Mahoning County Area Court in Austintown. His charges are expected to be upgraded at that time as a result of the girl’s death.

Detective Sgt. Kathy Dina said the girl was unresponsive when safety personnel arrived. She said Davis, who lives at the residence with the child and her mother, was home alone with the toddler and told police she fell off the couch.

“He said she was jumping on the couch and fell off face-first,” Dina said.

The child was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown. Dina said doctors there noticed extensive bruising on the left side of the girl’s face and determined that she had a skull fracture.

She was then flown by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital, and was listed in critical condition earlier Tuesday.

Dina said “the extent of the fracture that put her in critical condition and looking at the distance from the couch to the floor” made police suspicious of Davis’ story. She said simply falling off the couch wouldn’t have caused such injury.

Dina said the girl’s mother was at the store at the time of the incident.

The mother will be interviewed by police as the investigation progresses.

Dina said the investigation is ongoing, and police won’t know how far back the child’s injuries date until after a full examination.

She said safety personnel on the scene indicated the bruises on the child’s face could have been newer, based on their color.

“We won’t know for sure how old they are until after the doctor gives his professional diagnosis,” she said.

“Obviously, something happened.”


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

This person needs his head checked! I don't know what happened,but something smells awful fishie! Though the cop from Austintown has seen more crime than me it's just her opinion! The court system will figure that out. My prayers go out to mother and family of this 1 year old angel!

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2dasani1971(22 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

God bless that little baby girl. What on earth could she have done to deserve this? I hope he gets the chair for this.

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3pgolds71(1 comment)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

This guy deserves everything he gets & then some!! I just wonder how long this abuse was going on? Why didnt the mother notice anything or did she choose not to? RIP Sweet Blue Eyed Baby Girl

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4wineywoman(78 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

What a shame. This sweet innocent child never had the chance to live. If this nut case is guilty of what he's accused of, may he rot in hell. I pray for the soul of this precious little one. What was Moms' role in this? Did she know that her baby was being tortured?

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5Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

@ImUrPO what did you say the first time? Unless someone flagged your comment that could be the reason why.

But on topic I seen this on the news it makes me so mad that some men always trying to hurt their girlfriends child. She should of just took her daughter with her to the store. May this little baby rest in peace.

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6kornersburgkid(57 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Stick a needle in this guys arm because I think he is done

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