Jury looks at video in Warren child endangering case
WARREN — A video of the scene at a Randolph Street home Feb. 2 after two small children ingested heroin was played for a Trumbull County jury Tuesday in the trial of the mother who faces child endangering charges.
Earlier in the day, a jury of six women and six men were seated in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay in the case against 19-year-old Carlisa Davis.
Davis, who was dressed in black and white, kept her head down throughout most of Tuesday’s proceedings, which included opening arguments from assistant prosecutor Diane Barber and defense attorney Michael Scala.
The trial is expected to continue through the week, McKay said.
After the openings, Barber called five people to the stand — three Warren police officers and two health care workers. The state is expected to continue its case this afternoon when the trial resumes.
Detective Eric Laprocina testified he was at the hospital checking on the conditions of 21-month-old Danae Davis and 9-month-old Cayden Perry, who on Feb. 2 had eaten heroin from a table in their Randolph Street NW home. From the hospital, Laprocina said he was ordered to the Randolph Street home to set up a crime scene, take video and photos, and collect evidence.
Laprocina said he went through every room in the house and found a collapsed children’s playpen and a holster found near a children’s high chair. Under cross examination, the detective said there was no gun or ammunition found.
Also taken for testing by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab were several plastic bags and plastic bag tops strewn throughout the rooms and a digital scale found inside an upper kitchen cupboard, Laprocina said. He said he also secured for testing an unknown plastic substance and brown paper that were found in a bathroom toilet bowl.
“Don’t you have children who throw things in the toilet,” Scala asked during cross examination.
“Not my children,” Laprocina replied.
Also testifying Tuesday afternoon was emergency room Dr. Jeff Kempf of Akron Children’s Hospital main campus, who examined the children after they were earlier revived by the narcotic antidote Naloxone at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
“My diagnosis was that they ingested an opiate,” Kempf said.
The doctor said both children were awake and had good vital signs during his physical examinations. Kempf said the children’s medical chart showed them to be in the deepest rated coma — no response to pain — before being given the antidote.
He said the test for Danae Davis, who had given an urine sample, came back negative for opiates, while the urine test for the younger child came back positive for opiates. Kempf said a negative test result would not be unusual because the use of the antidote blocks the effects of opiates on the body.
“The thing about Narcan, it can wear off in a short time, and the effects of the opiate can then re-appear,” Kempf said.
The doctor said both children were given second doses of Narcan through their IVs while they were at the Akron hosptial.
Also taking the stand were Warren police officers Sgt. Joseph G. Kistler and officer Patrick Marisco and Terri Ann Bishop, an attendant at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.