WARNER ROBINS — The attorney of a father charged with the starvation death of his 2-year-old son is exploring the possibility that the boy suffered from a medical condition that led to his malnourished state.
Houston County Public Defender Nick White said Thursday he has received “third party” accounts that William Thomas Davis III and mother Sade Shamon King were feeding the child, yet he failed to thrive. Friends and family said the couple was seeking medical attention for the child, White said.
Davis, 25, and King, 23, were charged Sept. 13 with felony murder and cruelty to children in the death of D’Shawn Davis. Medics found the child on the floor of the bedroom of the couple’s Warner Robins home after receiving a 911 phone call from King, who reported her son was not breathing.
D’Shawn Davis weighed 12 pounds 6 ounces at his death.
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White said he is awaiting the receipt of several reports before William Davis has his bond hearing.
“It breaks your heart. This is a horrible thing. This is the kind of case that makes people outraged,” White said. “My position right now is we just really need to wait until we get facts on the case.
“It’s appropriate to be angry and outraged and be looking for answers and want justice, but we need to find out the facts ... the reason why the child was so malnutritioned.”
Some of the reports White is waiting to receive are a copy of the autopsy report, as well as the child’s medical records.
White said the felony in the felony murder charge stems from the cruelty to children count. The state is alleging cruelty to children because prosecutors say the parents were not feeding the child and did not seek medical treatment, White said. Investigators said the boy received no medical care for 10 months prior to his death, a fact White said he is looking into.
If the parents did seek treatment and tried to feed the child, that would be contrary to the state’s charge, White said.
King’s attorney, David Daniell, a private attorney in Warner Robins, did not return a phone message for comment. King is not being represented by the public defender’s office because of the potential for a conflict of interest, White said.
There could be an appearance of impropriety if his office represented both clients at the same time, he said.
Houston County District Attorney Rabb Wilkerson did not return a phone call for comment.
To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.