September 2018

Mother jailed after allowing the death of her baby son

A mother has been jailed after allowing the death of her baby son who was shaken by his dad.

Little Kayden Walker suffered “catastrophic” brain injuries after being shaken by Ricky Walker, 27, at home in Bilston, West Midlands.

The tot’s mum Laura Davies has now been jailed for 18 months after she was found guilty of allowing her son’s death.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the 25-year-old had “failed to heed warning signals” posed to six-month-old Kayden.

Judge Mr Justice Morris said she should have raised the alarm when Walker previously spoke about suffocating their son.

Walker was last month convicted of manslaughter and jailed for six years following a joint trial with Davies.

The court heard how Kayden was subjected to cruelty which led to an earlier head injury, several weeks before his death on June 12, 2016.

Kayden went into cardiac arrest at his home and was pronounced dead in hospital about an hour after Walker dialled 999.

Opening the Crown’s case at the start of the trial, prosecutor David Mason QC, alleged that Walker had previously joked about how long it would take his son to suffocate when a hoodie covered his face.

David Mason QC, prosecuting, said Walker had “vigorously” shaken Kayden which caused a severe “bang” to the head on June 12, 2016.

He told the court: “The evidence in this case will show that, just before Kayden’s collapse and that call to the emergency services, he was almost certainly the victim of an episode of forceful shaking, involving an impact to the head.”

Walker, who had a small level of drugs in his blood at the time of the death, told his trial he could be “heavy-handed” but denied fatally shaking the child.

Under cross examination during his trial, Walker told jurors Kayden’s brain injuries “were probably through me panicking and that” but said he could not explain why he became unresponsive.

He also told jurors he believed a folded-up hoodie he used to “prop-feed” Kayden may have suffocated him.

Sentencing Davies yesterday, Mr Justice Morris said: “You understood the significance and severity of the suffocation comment.

“You failed to take such steps as could have reasonably been expected to protect Kayden from that risk.

“You failed to raise many of these matters before June 12, 2016, and you failed to ensure that Ricky Walker was not left alone in the flat with Kayden as he was on the morning of June 12, 2016.”

A video recently surfaced which showed Laura Davies and several friends drinking in the garden. Davies made several jokes about the death of her son, and even sung a rap song about her boyfriend murdering him.

August 2018

Father convicted of killing six-month-old son

A father has been convicted of killing his six-month-old son, who died from ‘catastrophic’ injuries at the family home in Bilston.

Ricky Walker, 27, was yesterday cleared of murder and child cruelty but found guilty of manslaughter after telling jurors he believed a folded-up hoodie he used to ‘prop-feed’ Kayden Walker may have suffocated him.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicted Kayden’s mother, 25-year-old Laura Davies, of allowing Kayden’s death.

A month-long trial heard allegations that Kayden was subjected to cruelty which led to an earlier head injury, several weeks before his death on June 12, 2016.

The infant went into cardiac arrest at his home in Walnut Close, Bilston, and was pronounced dead in hospital about an hour after Walker dialled 999.

Opening the Crown’s case at the start of the trial, prosecutor David Mason QC alleged that Walker had previously joked about how long it would take his son to suffocate when a hoodie covered his face.

A month-long trial heard allegations that Kayden was subjected to cruelty which led to an earlier head injury, several weeks before his death on June 12, 2016.

The infant went into cardiac arrest at his home in Walnut Close, Bilston, and was pronounced dead in hospital about an hour after Walker dialled 999.

Opening the Crown’s case at the start of the trial, prosecutor David Mason QC alleged that Walker had previously joked about how long it would take his son to suffocate when a hoodie covered his face.

The barrister told the court: “The evidence in this case will show that, just before Kayden’s collapse and that call to the emergency services, he was almost certainly the victim of an episode of forceful shaking, involving an impact to the head.”

Outlining evidence from medical experts due to be called as witnesses, Mr Mason said it would show a ‘triad’ of findings pointing towards a shaking episode, including restriction of blood flow to the brain.

Walker told his trial he could be ‘heavy-handed’ but denied fatally shaking the child.

Explaining why Davies, who was not present when Kayden collapsed, had been charged with allowing death, Mr Mason told the court: “Our case is that there had been an earlier incident of trauma to Kayden and both his mother and father would have been aware of it.

“We can and do suggest that she should have been aware that there was a risk to Kayden and failed to take reasonable steps to protect him.”

Under cross examination during his trial, Walker told jurors Kayden’s brain injuries ‘were probably through me panicking and that’ but said he could not explain why he became unresponsive.

Walker, who showed no emotion as the verdicts were returned, was bailed for sentence on Thursday.

Davies, who pursed her lip and shook her head after being convicted, was released on bail to a date to be fixed.

Adjourning the case, trial judge Mr Justice Morris said: “Mr Walker, I will sentence you tomorrow.

“You have been convicted of manslaughter and you will be facing a custodial sentence.

“But I am going to grant you bail overnight to give you the chance to spend some time with your family.

“You have attended promptly throughout (the trial) and you have not breached the trust that the court has placed in you.”