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Trial begins in case of babies thought to have consumed opiate

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Staff report


Jury selection continues today in the trial of a mother accused of endangering her two small children in February, when they had to be revived with the opiate reversal drug naloxone.

Carlisa V. Davis, 19, of North Street Northwest, faces the possibility of more than 10 years in prison if convicted of felony endangering children, 21 months and 9 months old at the time. She is free on $50,000 bond.

In an unusual step, Trumbull County Judge W. Wyatt McKay interviewed prospective jurors individually through much of the day Monday to determine how much they knew about the case and whether they could decide it fairly. About two-thirds of the jurors had heard about the case.

The extra interviews added nearly a whole day to the jury-selection process. The trial is expected to last through Friday.

Extra attention was paid to jury selection because of the amount of news coverage the issue generated when the incident took place.

Police said Davis took the two children to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where medical personnel administered the overdose reversal drug naloxone, which caused them recover.

They also received an additional dose of naloxone at Akron Children’s Hospital, and both were said to be doing well. They were placed in the custody of Trumbull County Children Services.

Police said the children were sluggish and unresponsive after Davis took them to the hospital, but she did not tell medical personnel what was wrong with them.

She was highly upset and told police was she was asleep on a sofa at her mother’s house on Randolph Street Northwest, and when she woke up, she found the children in the kitchen, sluggish and unresponsive.

Authorities believe the children ate an opiate such as heroin.

Davis’ mother, Lisa Davis, 44, also of North Street, was charged with permitting drug abuse in the case.

She pleaded guilty to that charge Sept. 21 and will be sentenced after the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department conducts an investigation of her background. She could get up to a year in prison but also could get probation.

Carlisa Davis had another baby May 3, according to a birth announcement.