Driver, 34, in court charged with causing death of two-week-old baby struck by car on his first outing
A DRIVER has today appeared in court charged with causing the death of a two-week-old baby who was struck by a car on his first outing.
Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along the pavement in his pram when he was hit by a car in Brownhills, near Walsall, at around 4pm on Easter Sunday.
His parents Camaron Morris, 18, and Codie Holyman, also 18, paid a heartfelt tribute to their newborn son yesterday.
They said: “Mommy’s and daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything.”
James Paul Davis, 34, was last night charged with causing death by dangerous driving and appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon.
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.
IN THE DOCK
He was flanked by two dock officers and was wearing a grey T-shirt and jogging bottoms.
District Judge David Murray remanded Davis, from Walsall, in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on May 4.
Yesterday, Camaron and Codie held each other for support when they visited the tragic scene 24 hours after he was killed.
Camaron and Codie paid an emotional tribute to their premature son, who was born almost a month early, after he was killed on his "first outing".
In a statement issued on their behalf by police, the couple said: "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.
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."
Flowers were laid at the scene of the tragic crash and the boy's great aunt said the family has been left "heartbroken".
Lisa Forde, 58, from Brownhills, West Mids, said: “It’s just heartbreaking.
“I don’t think there’s anything else I can say, my mind’s gone blank.”
Camaron and Codie posted pictures of their newborn son on Facebook on March 18.
In another post, Codie, who studied at Walsall College, proudly uploaded a picture of their son wearing a cute animal-print jumper and bottoms.
Camaron, who says he works at McDonald's, also posted a picture of him holding Ciaran shortly after his birth.
Relatives said Ciaran was born three and a half weeks early “so shouldn’t even have been here”.
The young parents were said to have been "hysterical" following the horror crash.
A heroic man “in his late 20s” tried desperately to save Ciaran by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
He was taken to hospital, but tragically could not be saved.
A family friend was in tears when he laid a floral tribute at the scene yesterday.
He told The Sun Online: “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.
“It’s an unimaginable horror they are going through. One second and the most precious thing in their lives is gone.”
Sergeant Mark Crozier, from our 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.
“I would ask people to please respect the family at this sad time and allow them the privacy to grieve."
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