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Toddler's death ruled homicide

Published: Sat, April 10, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

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.


1Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

One more pinwheel needed to honor this child.

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2hausser(21 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I will put one in my yard today to honor Makenzie. I suggest eveyone else does too. Such a precious child needs to be remembered.

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3tatum32(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

It amazes me why this goes on.Just because he wasnt the father,he didnt need to hurt the lil angel.This happens alot and it makes no sense.A pinwheel because of a pinhead punk. 5 minutes is all i ask with this guy.

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4northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, after due process, he will still live another 15 years before he gets his "reward". Mackenzie could've been a teen had this loser not been in her life.

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5justonevoice(94 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

From what i've heard and read the last few days, people are villifying this mother. Was she charged? Did SHE do this? No. Would most of US recognize the devil if he stood before us? No. Judge not lest ye be judged.

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6wineywoman(78 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

@justonevoice; I say that the mother is just as responsible as the jerk who murdered this child. There is no way that she didn't know of her boyfriends' violent behavior. She was probably scared to death of him. When a woman is living in an abusive relationship, she is terrified all the time. For some reason she can't seem to escape the nut job she's living with. I think that when her children become victims, she should know that it's just a matter of time before somebody winds up dead. (preferably the boyfriend) This guy had to have given her some indication of his behavior. This woman is being villified because she didn't take the actions required to assure the safety of this child. That is her responsibility as a mother. I don't care how afraid of this guy she was, she should have protected that baby with her life.

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7tcfitzpatrick(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

would you be talking about the same priests that rape little boys? Mister holier than thou over there you have no idea what you're talking about. I hope the sick bastard that did that to this poor child gets the death penatly, but it is a crude generalization against single mothers. So if you and your child's father aren't together then that should be the end? No looking for anyone else to start a partnership with? No one can be helped unless they want to be helped. Come on now..

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8justonevoice(94 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Whineywoman@: You said he had to have given her some indication of his behavior? Well, you are dead wrong. When she met him, he presented himself to be a young gentleman who was interested in a serious relationship, he treated her children well and was a regular church goer. He introduced her and the three girls to his church in Warren as he had been a member of said church all his life and in fact, had been a student at the church school. This is the manner in which he presented himself to her, to her family and friends. This horror, this crime, this tragedy was as much a shock to her, her family, her friends as it was to the community and everyone else. But as I said, would YOU know the devil if he knocked at your door? When an altar boy comes forward to admit he was molested by a priest, did HE recognize the devil that stood before him in priest's clothing? Nope.
You're assuming something you know nothing about...and you know what they say about the word assume.

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9najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

So, Jessiedavid, your hypothesis would suggest that child abuse occurs only in the homes of single parents.......I'm so relieved to know that there will never be a child abused in a "traditional" 2 parent home. Oh yes, let's not forget the clergy, their wandering hands.....and the lengths that they go to, to keep the silence. But, I guess that's all ok, since both marriage and clergy are bible approved.

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10tcfitzpatrick(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


You are still stereotyping single mothers. Not EVERY single mother dates a child killer, and what single mothers must remain single forever?? It's not realistic that just because there are women that put men in front of their children to think that every single mother is like that. It's sad that that baby had to die. It's also sad that the mother didn't end the relationship before the worst happened. But there are single mothers that do have boyfriends that don't behave like barbarians.

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11justonevoice(94 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

What planet have you been living on? Are you serious? Every Saturday night on CBS is a newshow called 48 Hours which is USUALLY about a husband who murders his wife, or his wife and children. Since WHEN do only BOYFRIENDS of SINGLE MOTHERS murder people? Wow.

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12mom5333(4 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I think you have a serious problem with single mothers. I am a single mother and I am living with my fiance and my son. My sons father is a deadbeat and my fiance has been more of a father to him than his own biological father could ever be. So, according to you, because we are not married, I am WRONG for living with him? I think you need to seriously wake up and drop your prejudices on single mothers. Murders happen every day to all types of people. It is a shame that this time it was a small child, but that does not give you the right to stereotype single mothers!

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