A 34-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of a premature two-week-old baby boy whose pram was hit by an uninsured BMW on Easter Sunday, police said tonight.
James Paul Davis, 34, is accused of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving while uninsured after tiny Ciaran Leigh Morris was struck by a car in Brownhills, Walsall.
Davis, from Walsall, faces further charges of failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failure to report a collision. He has been remanded in police custody to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow.
A statement from West Midlands Police said: ‘A man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a two-week-old baby boy in Brownhills yesterday afternoon (April 4).
‘Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along the pavement by family at the time and suffered serious injuries. He was rushed to hospital but nothing could be done to save him.
‘James Paul Davis, aged 34, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while uninsured, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failure to report a collision. Davis, who is from Walsall, has been remanded in police custody to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.’
Devastated Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman, both 18, were left ‘hysterical’ after their son Ciaran was killed in the collision when the car slammed him and his mother into the wall at around 4pm yesterday.
In an emotional statement released this afternoon, the parents said: ‘Mommy’s and Daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything. 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.’
They had both visited the scene of a crash to see the mass of tributes placed there throughout the day.
Camaron and Codie were supported by family and friends as they crouched down to read the many messages and tributes during their visit to the scene 24 hours after the tragedy happened.
The couple are thought to have been together for at least two years and had been excited about Ciaran being born. Heartbreaking pictures of them show how proud they were of the little boy as they cradled him after their birth.
It is understood that Camaron works at a McDonald’s restaurant while Codie has been a barmaid at a local pub and previously studied at Walsall College.
The teenage couple spent more than an hour at the scene reading the cards and viewing the dozens of floral tributes left by wellwishers.
Camaron and Codie both wore black and held hands as they clutched Ciaran’s favourite cuddly toys. The couple left a card at the scene which read: ‘To my baby boy. Ciaran Leigh Morris. Thinking of you always and forever. Always be happy. Mommy and Daddy love you so much our perfect boy.
‘Fly high Ciaran, you didn’t deserve this. Wish we could bring you home to us. Sleep tight, rest easy our baby boy. Love Mommy and Daddy.’
Police believe the tragedy happened after the BMW1 Series crashed into a Ford B-Max before ploughing onto the pavement and pinning the mother and baby against a wall.
The driver of the white BMW has not paid road tax since October 22, according to DVLA records seen by MailOnline. It has got an up-to-date MOT.
Ciaran’s great aunt Lisa Forde, 58, from Brownhills, West Midlands, said: ‘I’m Ciaran’s great auntie on his dad’s side. It’s just heartbreaking. I don’t think there’s anything else I can say.’
A friend of the parents who were laying flowers at the scene today told MailOnline they were ‘numb with grief’ at the loss of their son – which he said happened on ‘maybe the first time’ they had taken the baby out together.
Devastated Codie Holyman and Camaron Morris, both 18, holding their young son Ciaran before the tragedy happened
Innocent premature two-week-old baby Ciaran was killed when an untaxed BMW driver ‘lost control’ of the car and hit a pram
The heartbreaking tribute to Ciaran from his grieving parents was left at the scene of the crash among floral tributes
Camaron and Codie pictured two years ago had been in a relationship for some time and had been excited for their baby
Officers are investigating after a mother and baby were pinned against a wall after a BMW driver careered onto the pavement on Sunday. Pictured is the crash scene, with a BMW pinned against a shop front
A note left by the parents of Ciaran Leigh Morris at the scene on High Street Brownhills
Flowers left at the scene on High Street, Brownhills, near Walsall in the West Midlands, following the tragedy yesterday
A well-wisher lays flower at the crash site this morning, which was reopened this morning after previously being taped off by police
Flowers piled at the crash site by mourners this morning, who included friends of the family and local people who had heard about the tragedy and wanted to pay their respects
A note that was left at the scene today by a relative which paid tribute to ‘beautiful baby Ciaran’
Many of their Facebook friends changed their profile pictures to a blue heart picture with the message ‘RIP little man’ in Ciaran’s memory.
A man who was in tears as he laid a floral tribute said: ‘Yes I know the family and all I can say is they are numb with grief.
Words of the devastated mother and father of Ciaran on emotional tribute card at the scene of the crash
‘To my baby boy.
‘Ciaran Leigh Morris. Thinking of you always and forever.
‘Always be happy.
‘Mommy and Daddy love you so much our perfect boy. Fly high Ciaran, you didn’t deserve this. Wish we could bring you home to us.
‘Sleep tight, rest easy our baby boy. Love Mommy and Daddy.’
‘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.’
Another man, who came to lay flowers, added: ‘It’s just awful. I know the family very well and they are a really, really nice family.
‘My best mate is part of the family and I know the baby’s mum and uncle.’
Another woman who came to lay flowers said: ‘I didn’t know them personally but knew of them.
‘They were really great parents and he was a sweet baby.’
Police stood guard at the scene of the tragedy which happened at around 4pm on Easter Sunday.
The metal shutter of the shop where the crash happened was twisted and buckled and bricks remained strewn across the path.
Stuart Evans, 52, a builder from Pelsall, West Mids., lay flowers on the pavement.
He said: ‘I read about what happened on Facebook and just felt I wanted to pay my respects. I’ve got eight grandchildren myself and you can’t imagine how you’d feel in the family’s predicament.
‘It’s such a tragedy and terrible for the family. It’s heartbreaking to think what they are going through. I do know there’s a lot of dangerous driving around here.’
The baby was taken to hospital by air ambulance but could not be saved.
A relative has also suffered a shoulder injury but no one else was injured.
Last night the was seen with its shattered bonnet against a shop front.
The driver is believed to have run away on foot but MailOnline has contacted West Midlands Police to confirm this.
‘All I saw was a car that had pinned a baby in a buggy up an iron gate,’ the witness said.
Devastated Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman, both 18, were left ‘hysterical’ after tiny Ciaran was killed in the collision when the car slammed him and his mother into the wall at around 4pm yesterday
One letter contained a poem for the baby, while other mourners left behind flowers and stuffed toys as tributes
Police officers (left) and a woman (right) laying flowers this morning at the High Street in Brownhills next to where the baby was killed yesterday
The point at which the car smashed into the shop front, which was marked by flowers left by well-wishers today
Many of their Facebook friends changed their profile pictures to a blue heart picture with the message ‘RIP little man’
The driver of the white BMW has not paid road tax since October 22, according to DVLA records seen by MailOnline. It has an up to date MOT.
Sergeant Mark Crozier, from the collision investigation unit, said: ‘A baby has tragically died and we’ll be doing all we can to support his family during this deeply devastating time.
‘We’re in the process of speaking to witnesses and establishing the circumstances around this collision.
‘I would ask anyone who was in the area, and has information which can assist our inquiries, to come forward.
‘We understand the shock this will have caused but I would ask people not to speculate on what happened.’
Police said they are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam footage, either before or at the time of the collision.
Anyone with information can contact police via FL-COLLISION-INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, via Live Chat or by calling 101.
The baby was taken to hospital by paramedics but could not be saved. A relative has also suffered a shoulder injury but no one else was injured
Police said they are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam footage, either before or at the time of the collision
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