Gosport baby death verdict: Detective says infant’s injuries were ‘truly shocking’

A SENIOR detective who investigated the horrific death of baby Stanley Davis has said: ‘No child should have to suffer in the way that he did’

Speaking outside Winchester Crown Court as Roxanne Davis and Samuel Davies were convicted, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Bitters the boy’s injuries were ‘truly shocking’.

Roxanne Davis

Roxanne Davis

Both defendants were today found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Stanley, who died in March last year aged 24 days.

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She said: ‘Today’s verdicts bring to a close this very sad investigation involving Stanley’s mother and her partner at the time of the offence.

‘The extent of Stanley’s injuries at such a young age were truly shocking, no child should have to suffer in the way that he did. Stanley was found to have sustained 32 fractures to his ribs, nine fractures to the bones in his arms and legs, and an 8cm skull fracture which was the fatal injury.

‘These fractures appear to have been sustained on three separate occasions.

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‘A difficult decision was taken by the medical team treating him at Southampton General Hospital that his life support machines would be turned off when he was just three weeks-old due to the nature of his injuries. Sadly he later died.

‘That Samuel Davies and Roxanne Davis have been found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Stanley today will bring little comfort to his relatives, but we have secured justice for them.

‘Hampshire Constabulary is committed to protecting all vulnerable people in our communities, including young people, and we’ve invested significant resources over the last few years into protecting and supporting children who experience abuse.

‘This case highlights our dedication to establishing the truth and bringing offenders like Davies and Davis to justice. Our thorough investigation conducted by the Major Crime and Specialist Support Team has reached this successful outcome thanks to the dedication and tenacity of the officers involved. I would like to thank them and the partner agencies who have assisted our enquiries.’