Young mom convicted of child endangering drops appeal, seeks release

Staff report


Carlisa Davis, a young mother sentenced to 21/2 years in prison a year ago after being convicted at trial of child endangering because her children overdosed on opiates, has dropped her appeal – but is asking again for early release.

Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court denied a request in July filed by her attorney, Michael Partlow, for Davis, 20, to be allowed to leave prison early.

Partlow also filed an appeal of her conviction in February 2017, but the 11th District Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal Monday at Davis’ request. Partlow said Wednesday he doesn’t know the reason she asked for him to withdraw the appeal.

Davis’ two children, age 21 months and 9 months, were treated with the overdose drug naloxone Feb. 2, 2016, at a local hospital and in Akron after both overdosed on opiates.

Testimony during the trial was that others in the house where Davis and the children lived were selling drugs out of the house and the children might have gotten into those drugs.

Davis wrote a leter to Judge McKay with her Nov. 30 request for an early release, saying she earned her high school equivalent diploma after three months in prison and “I take full responsibility for all of my actions.”

She noted that she gets to visit her children at the prison where she is now housed, the Northeast Reintegration Center in Cleveland.

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