PICTURED: Driver, 34, accused of causing death of two-week-old baby boy due in court
A motorist has appeared in court accused of causing the death of a two-week-old boy, 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.
The first picture of Davis, of Walsall, emerged this afternoon as he was photographed going into his hearing.
He appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court today after being charged and remanded overnight, speaking only to confirm his name and date of birth.
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.
Friends of Ciaran’s devastated parents Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman, both 18, told yesterday how the pair were ‘numb with grief’ at the loss of their son during what they suggested was ‘the first time’ they had taken him out for a walk as a new family.
A crowdfunding campaign launched in memory of the baby has been inundated with messages of condolence from well-wishers who have raised more than £14,000 in his memory and to support the family.
In an emotional statement, parents Camaron and Codie paid tribute to their baby boy, saying: ‘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.’
They both visited the scene of a crash yesterday to view the mass of cards, flowers and cuddly toys placed at the site throughout the day.
James Paul Davis, 34 is transferred from Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court after being charged over the death of Ciaran
Innocent premature two-week-old baby Ciaran was killed when an untaxed BMW driver ‘lost control’ of the car and hit a pram
Devastated Codie Holyman and Camaron Morris, both 18, holding their young son Ciaran before the tragedy happened
The heartbreaking tribute to Ciaran from his grieving parents was left at the scene of the crash among floral tributes
Officers are investigating after a mother and baby were pinned against a wall after a BMW driver careered onto the pavement
Flowers left at the scene on High Street, Brownhills, near Walsall in the West Midlands, following the tragedy on Sunday
Camaron and Codie were supported by family and friends as they crouched down to read the many messages and tributes during their visit to the scene 24 hours after the tragedy happened.
Heartbreaking pictures of them show how proud they were of the little boy as they cradled him after their birth.
The couple are thought to have been together for at least two years and had been excited about Ciaran being born. It is understood that Camaron works at a McDonald’s restaurant while Codie has been a barmaid at a local pub and previously studied at Walsall College.
The teenage couple spent more than an hour at the scene reading the cards and viewing the dozens of floral tributes left by wellwishers.
Camaron and Codie both wore black and held hands as they clutched Ciaran’s favourite cuddly toys. The couple left a card at the scene which read: ‘To my baby boy. Ciaran Leigh Morris.
‘Thinking of you always and forever. Always be happy. Mommy and Daddy love you so much our perfect boy. Fly high Ciaran, you didn’t deserve this. Wish we could bring you home to us.
‘Sleep tight, rest easy our baby boy. Love Mommy and Daddy.’
Police believe the tragedy happened after the BMW1 Series crashed into a Ford B-Max before ploughing onto the pavement and pinning the mother and baby against a wall.
The owner of the white BMW has not paid road tax since October 22, according to DVLA records seen by MailOnline. It has got an up-to-date MOT.
Ciaran’s great aunt Lisa Forde, 58, from Brownhills, West Midlands, said: ‘I’m Ciaran’s great auntie on his dad’s side. It’s just heartbreaking. I don’t think there’s anything else I can say.’
Friends of the parents who were laying flowers at the scene yesterday told MailOnline they were ‘numb with grief’ at the loss of their son – which they said happened on ‘maybe the first time’ they had taken the baby out together.
Many of their Facebook friends changed their profile pictures to a blue heart picture with the message ‘RIP little man’ in Ciaran’s memory.
A man who was in tears as he laid a floral tribute said: ‘Yes I know the family and all I can say is they are numb with grief. It was maybe the first time they had taken the baby out together and this happens.
Camaron and Codie pictured two years ago had been in a relationship for some time and had been excited for their baby
A note left by the parents of Ciaran Leigh Morris at the scene on High Street, Brownhills, Walsall after the tragedy
A well-wisher lays flower at the crash site, which was reopened after previously being taped off by police investigators
Flowers piled at the crash site by mourners, who included friends of the family and local people who had heard about the tragedy and wanted to pay their respects
A note that was left at the scene yesterday by a relative which paid tribute to ‘beautiful baby Ciaran’ after his death
Words of the devastated mother and father of Ciaran on emotional tribute card at the scene of the crash
‘To my baby boy.
‘Ciaran Leigh Morris. Thinking of you always and forever.
‘Always be happy.
‘Mommy and Daddy love you so much our perfect boy. Fly high Ciaran, you didn’t deserve this. Wish we could bring you home to us.
‘Sleep tight, rest easy our baby boy. Love Mommy and Daddy.’
‘It’s an unimaginable horror they are going through. One second and the most precious thing in their lives is gone.’
Another man, who came to lay flowers, added: ‘It’s just awful. I know the family very well and they are a really, really nice family. My best mate is part of the family and I know the baby’s mum and uncle.’
Another woman who came to lay flowers said: ‘I didn’t know them personally but knew of them. They were really great parents and he was a sweet baby.’
Police stood guard at the scene of the tragedy which happened at around 4pm on Easter Sunday.
The metal shutter of the shop where the crash happened was twisted and buckled and bricks remained strewn across the path.
Stuart Evans, 52, a builder from Pelsall, West Midlands, laid flowers on the pavement.
He said: ‘I read about what happened on Facebook and just felt I wanted to pay my respects. I’ve got eight grandchildren myself and you can’t imagine how you’d feel in the family’s predicament.
‘It’s such a tragedy and terrible for the family. It’s heartbreaking to think what they are going through.’
Sergeant Mark Crozier, from the collision investigation unit, said yesterday: ‘A baby has tragically died and we’ll be doing all we can to support his family during this deeply devastating time.
Devastated Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman, both 18, were left ‘hysterical’ after tiny Ciaran was killed in the collision when the car slammed him and his mother into the wall at around 4pm yesterday
One letter contained a poem for the baby, while other mourners left behind flowers and stuffed toys as tributes to him
Police officers (left) and a woman (right) laying flowers at the High Street in Brownhills next to where the baby was killed
The point at which the car smashed into the shop front, which was marked by flowers left by well-wishers yesterday
Many of their Facebook friends changed their profile pictures to a blue heart picture with the message ‘RIP little man’
‘We’re in the process of speaking to witnesses and establishing the circumstances around this collision.
‘I would ask anyone who was in the area, and has information which can assist our inquiries, to come forward.
‘We understand the shock this will have caused but I would ask people not to speculate on what happened.’
Police said they are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam footage, either before or at the time of the collision.
A statement from West Midlands Police released yesterday said: ‘A man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a two-week-old baby boy in Brownhills yesterday afternoon (April 4).
‘Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along the pavement by family at the time and suffered serious injuries. He was rushed to hospital but nothing could be done to save him.
‘James Paul Davis, aged 34, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while uninsured, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failure to report a collision. Davis, who is from Walsall, has been remanded in police custody to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.’
Anyone with information can contact police via FL-COLLISION-INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, via Live Chat or by calling 101.
The baby was taken to hospital by paramedics but could not be saved. A relative has also suffered a shoulder injury
Police had said they are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam footage
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