An Arizona grandmother and her husband are both facing premeditated first-degree murder charges related to the death of an 11-year-old grandson in the couple’s hotel room over the weekend. . Prosecutors on Tuesday said that 51 years old Stephanie M. Davis subjected many of her grandchildren to “horrific” torture over the years while her husband, 33 Thomas J. Deshanaisdoing nothing to prevent abuse, Phoenix CBS affiliate KTVK-TV report.
“The nature and circumstances of the offence is truly appalling, involving allegations of torture of children over a long period of time, many victims – these are extremely serious crimes,” Prosecution Attorneys said. Maricopa . district John Schneider said third in Davis’ first appearance in court.
As previous report According to Law & Crime, Scottsdale Police Department officers on Sunday answered a call about an unresponsive boy shortly before 5 p.m. at the Extended Stay America hotel on North Marshall Road. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders said Davis was giving CPR on the boy in the hotel room. Paramedics received and reported drawing “half a liter of water” from the child’s body, according to court documents obtained by KTVK. The victim’s 9-year-old half-brother was in the room, and authorities said they observed him “with injuries to his face and bruises around his eyes.”
The child was seriously injured, later identified as Chaskah Davis Smith, was transported to a local hospital by Emergency Medical Services personnel. There, doctors tried to resuscitate him, but he eventually succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. Paramedics have told investigators the boy suffered “severe injuries” that may have led to his death.
The brother was also examined by doctors. Both children are said to have ongoing “severe” injuries and are “in varying stages of healing and scarring.” Authorities have alleged that such injuries are a sign of prolonged abuse.
Davis and Desharnais, who had lived in the hotel for several years, were questioned by investigators and are said to have provided completely different accounts of what happened to Chaskah.
According to KTVK, Desharnais told police that Davis regularly abused the boys physically and mentally and that the abuse had become more serious in recent months. He said that the day before Chaskah died, Davis hit him on the head with a metal ratchet four or five times. Desharnais also said his wife would often starve her nieces for days, beat them with wooden broomsticks and make Chaskah sleep in the bathtub several times a week “so she wouldn’t have her wounds bleed all over the room”. Republic of Arizona report.
Even more disturbing, Desharnais told investigators that Davis would use staplers to torture the boys by pinching their skin and bending their fingers.
Police said they found needle-nose pliers, a wooden broom handle and a wrench stained with blood inside the couple’s hotel room.
Davis said Chaskah “was torturing himself all day” before his death. She claimed that the boy hit himself in the head with a wrench and “cut off his genitals with a paring knife,” according to KTVK. She also testified that she left Chaskah in the tub for one to 15 minutes. When she returned, she confirmed that the boy was no longer breathing, so she called 911 and began CPR.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.
Davis is currently held on a $3.5 million cash bond; Desharnais is being held on a $1.5 million cash bond. Both were charged with first-degree premeditated murder and willful abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, online prison records show.
A judge scheduled a status meeting for Davis and Deharnais for February 7.
[image via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]
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