Man remanded by court over death of baby after pram hit by car

James Paul Davis appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Staff transport a defendant into Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court
Staff transport a defendant into Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court

A man has appeared in court accused of causing the death of a two-week-old boy by dangerous driving, after the baby’s pram was hit by a car on Easter Sunday.

Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along the pavement by family in High Street, Brownhills, Walsall, at about 4pm when the collision happened.

James Paul Davis, 34, 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.

Two-week-old baby hit by car
Ciaran Leigh Morris (West Midlands Police/PA)

He was flanked by two dock officers and was wearing a grey T-shirt and jogging bottoms, keeping his arms folded for much of the 20-minute hearing.

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

On Monday, Ciaran’s parents paid an emotional tribute to their son.

They said: “Mommy’s and Daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything.

“We didn’t get to keep you for long but we are happy we had the chance to meet you, look after you and call you our son.

“Fly high angel.”

Two-week-old baby hit by car
Flowers and tributes left at the scene in Brownhills (Jacob King/PA)

Dozens of flowers have been left at the scene of the collision.

A crowdfunding appeal raising money to support the family has so far raised more than £18,000.

Sergeant Mark Crozier, from West Midlands Police’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “We’ve all been left numb by the sad death of Ciaran.

“He was just two weeks old and his life has been tragically taken away.

“To see the loss of someone so young is difficult for us as officers, but we know the pain is even greater for Ciaran’s family.

“We’ll be doing all we can to support them while also trying to establish what happened leading to the collision.”

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