Toddler's death ruled homicide

Staff report


The Summit County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of 1-year-old Makenzie McBride a homicide.

Gary Gunther, investigator with the coroner’s office, said the autopsy revealed Makenzie died of blunt- force trauma to the head.

Shawn E. Davis, 25, of Austintown, is charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault in her death. He is in the Mahoning County jail without bond and scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday in Mahoning County Area Court in Austintown.

Detective Sgt. Kathy Dina said she expects the case will eventually be bound over to a Mahoning County grand jury.

The baby died Tuesday night in Akron Children’s Hospital, where she was flown by helicopter after doctors at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, determined she had a fractured skull.

Makenzie was taken to the hospital Monday after Davis told police she fell off the couch and hit her head on the floor at their 854 Compass West Drive home. The girl’s mother, Shannon McBride, 22, wasn’t home at the time, according to police.

Dina said the child also had severe bruising on the left side of her face. Dina said a doctor’s exam determined that falling from the couch to the floor wouldn’t have caused such extensive damage.

Gunther said the full autopsy report won’t be completed for about 10 weeks and probably won’t be released to the public until after Davis goes through the court system.

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