A DRINK driver who killed a baby in a hit-and-run stroller accident could be free in two years.
James Paul Davis, 35, has already served a year of his six-and-a-half-year pre-trial detention for driving at the double speed limit in Ciaran Leigh Morris.
It comes as West Midlands Mayor Andy Street called for his jail sentence to be reviewed for being too lenient.
The uninsured Davis was driving his BMW at 60mph when he killed 18-day-old Ciaran on his very first outing before running away.
video shown Davis runs away as Ciaran’s father Camaron yelled, “You just killed my son.”
He and partner Codie Holyman also yelled “the baby, the baby” in Walsall. Western Mids.
Davis has completed 11 previous court appearances for 35 felonies, including driving without insurance and drunk driving
Mr Street said: “We believe that Davis’ verdict does not reflect the seriousness of the crime and the willful disregard for people’s safety demonstrated in previous offences.
“Ciaran’s previous convictions, seriously injuring Ciaran’s mother, concurrently committing other offenses (driving without insurance) and attempting to avoid detection should place this under the ‘level one’ (most serious) penalty guidelines. “
Cllr Stephen Craddock added: “It’s an absolute disgrace. He could be free in just over two years. That doesn’t seem fair.”
Ciaran’s family revealed their heartbreak last week when Davis was locked up.
His parents said after the verdict: “Ciaran, our precious little boy, was loved so much in the short time he was with us.
“The unexpected and sudden circumstances of the loss of Ciaran have caused great pain and our lives will never be the same without him.”
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Davis call police after the accident, claiming he passed out at the wheel after suffering a coughing fit.
Witness Dean Athersmith told the court how he also overheard Davis calling his girlfriend after the Easter Sunday crash last year.
He said: “[Davis] said: “I just ran over someone, I have to call my wife, I’m going down for a long time.”
“I didn’t want to give him my phone but I put the phone number in my phone. The number just rang and then he tried again and a woman answered.
“He said to her, ‘I’m really sorry I ran over a baby, I killed it, please take care of my baby,’ which led me to believe he had a child.
“When he hung up, I asked him why he left the scene, he said, ‘They’re after me.’
“It was like he wanted me to stay with him but I told him I had to go and he ran off.”
Davis was arrested at his girlfriend’s house because he “wanted to see my baby before I go.”
He said to a police officer: “A baby, for heaven’s sake. I’m sorry baby
Bodycam footage played to the jury showed him telling officers he “did not intentionally kill anyone.”
James Curtis, QC, Prosecutor, said the driver was “perfectly fit, powerfully built and clear enough to make up an excuse”.
Tests showed he had cannabis in his system, but it was below the legal limit, sources said.
Ciaran was hospitalized but died from head and body injuries just hours later.
Mum Codie suffered a broken collarbone and a bruised foot in the accident and has constant back pain, jurors heard.
Detective Sergeant Julie Lyman said: “The death of baby Ciaran has shocked the community and support for his young parents has spilled out.
“Her grief at one of the happiest times of her life is unimaginable and Davis’ sentencing cannot compensate for her loss.
“Our thoughts remain with them and their families.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18265814/drink-driver-baby-kill-free-years/ A drunk driver who killed a baby in a hit-and-run stroller accident could be free in just TWO YEARS