Ribbons tied along Brownhills High Street as community 'goes blue' for baby Ciaran

Ribbons have been tied along Brownhills High Street as the community "goes blue" for two-week-old crash victim Ciaran Morris.

The scene in High Street, Brownhills, where blue ribbons have been left
The scene in High Street, Brownhills, where blue ribbons have been left

Residents in Brownhills have been left reeling after the baby boy was killed when his pram was hit by a car and trapped against a wall on Easter Sunday.

Dozens of flowers, teddies, cards and toys have been left at the scene of the crash where damage caused by the BMW involved is still evident.

And blue ribbons have now been tied along a fence next to the tributes, after Ciaran’s parents Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman visited the site.

The parents, both aged 18, were just two weeks into parenthood and are already mourning the loss of their first-born.

People from across Walsall, the Black Country and far further afield have been paying their respects online, donating to fundraisers and turning their social media profiles blue in Ciaran's memory.

Tributes are left at the scene in Brownhills

Brownhills councillors have praised local residents for coming together after the crash, which happened as the youngster was being pushed along the pavement at around 4pm.

Brownhills ward Councillor Stephen Craddock, said: "I became a grandfather three times over last year and I've got four children and three girls, so I've seen them grow up from afar. I just can't imagine losing a two-week-old child, particularly in the circumstances they lost their son.

"The community have been out and about already, putting blue ribbons around lamp posts as a way of remembering the poor little boy.

"There's also been the JustGiving page set up to help the parents with funeral costs and other expenses and I just can't imagine how they're feeling at the moment.

Baby Ciaran was two weeks old

"All I can do for them is to leave them alone at the moment. They are going to be surrounded by a lot of family and friends and the last thing they need is me getting involved with them. Obviously, if they need any help, we are here to provide that.

"The community response has been tremendous and it really shows how strong the community feel is within Brownhills and how we come together and support each other in such tragic circumstances. I drove past there a while ago and the flowers and tributes are just amazing.

"This is a very rare incident. I've lived in Brownhills all my life and I don't recall any incidents like this, particularly on the high street."

Blue ribbons left at the scene of the crash in High Street, Brownhills

The tragic incident happened three years after Brownhills was rocked by another horrific loss of a child.

Then, in 2018, ribbons adorned lampposts and bouquets of flowers were laid following the death of Mylee Billingham.

Councillor Kenneth Ferguson said: "The community have responded in Brownhills as they normally do, with a truly fantastic response with the donations and tributes.

"Most people here are only scratching the surface on how they must feel and they are trying to help as best as they can in what is quite a tight-knit community.

"There are particular areas of the community which support each other, such as Brownhills West, but the whole community comes together in circumstances such as this.

Some of the tributes at the scene

"I just wish we could do more to help in the case of something quite as catastrophic as this, but it does seem an impossible task and I really feel for the parents."

James Paul Davis, 34, has appeared in court accused of causing the death of Ciaran by dangerous driving. He is also facing allegations of causing death by driving while uninsured, failing to stop at the scene of a crash and failing to report a collision.

Davis, of Croxtalls Avenue, Walsall, appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after being charged and remanded overnight, speaking only to confirm his name and date of birth.

District Judge David Murray remanded Davis in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on May 4.

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