Warren mom guilty of endangering; children ingested heroin
WARREN — The mother of two small children who ingested heroin Feb. 2 was found guilty Thursday of two counts of child endangering.
The jury of six men and six women took less than two hours to deliberate before returning a guilty verdict against Carlisa Davis, the 19-year-old Warren mother of three. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay revoked Davis’ bond and she was immediately taken into custody as her mother, Lisa Davis, and her boyfriend looked on in tears.
Davis will be sentenced after a background report on her is compiled by the Adult Probation Department, McKay said. She could face a maximum of six years in prison.
Earlier in the day, defense attorney Michael Scala called Davis to the stand in her own defense. The defendant was on the stand for less than an hour as Scala called three other witnesses, including Davis’ mother, her brother Carlos and a Children Services Bureau case worker.
Scala said he was very disappointed by the verdict.
“This is a 19-year-old girl stuck in a very bad situation,” Scala said after the verdict was read. ” I am afraid it looks like she is going to pay a heavy price for it.”
While on the stand, Davis detailed the events of Feb. 2, the day her two children — 21-month-old Danae Davis and 9-month-old Cayden Perry — had to be revived with the narcotic antidote Naloxone at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Davis, who was pregnant at the time, said she was asleep and had to be awakened by her brother, who told her that the children had “gotten into the food.” Food is a street name for heroin.
Under cross examination, Davis admitted that she had seen her younger child sitting in a powder-like substance on the floor under the kitchen table. She admitted that she didn’t tell an emergency room nurse what was wrong with her children even though she knew they ingested drugs. Davis said she knew that her brothers had been selling drugs out of the Randolph Street NW home.
Right after taking the stand, Davis’ brother, Carlos Davis III, invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to answer a question when asked by Scala what his relationship was to the defendant. After a short sidebar, McKay ordered that the jury ignore Davis’ testimony and that his remarks be stricken from the record.
Davis’ mother, Lisa, who last week pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to a charge of allowing drug abuse, said she had been trying to move her daughter and her young children out of the Randolph Street home. Clarisa Davis testified she had filled out an application for public housing and had an interview scheduled for Feb. 4, two days after the children were hospitalized.
Under cross examination early Thursday morning, detective Nicholas Carney, lead detective in the case, said Davis told him she didn’t have anywhere else to go when he asked why she didn’t take her children out of the house.