WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Tuesday, the trial against a young Warren mother began. She was charged with child endangerment after two of her children had to be revived with naloxone in February.
Carlisa Davis, now 19 and a mother of three, sat at the defense table for her own trial, facing two felony counts of child endangerment.
Almost nine months ago, her two young children, both under the age of two, passed out and were brought to Trumbull Memorial Hospital. They were later revived with the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone.
The children were then taken to the main campus of Akron Children’s Hospital, where they both received a second dose. The eldest of the two kids had to be given a third dose later on that night.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Diane Barber said it was Davis’ neglect that caused the children serious harm because she knew for months that her brothers had been dealing drugs out of her mother’s home on Randolph Street in Warren, where she and her children were living.
“She, being the parent of a child who is under the age of 18 years old, recklessly created a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child by violating the duty of care, protection or support.”
In her opening statements, Barber told the jury that when police were processing the home for evidence, they found baggies floating in the toilet and a digital scale that tested positive for traces of heroin and fentanyl.
“She knew there were drugs in that home and did absolutely nothing to protect her children,” Barber said.
The defense paints a much different picture. Davis’ attorney Michael Scala says the young mom, who was pregnant at the time, had a job, was going to school, was looking for her own place and her children were in good health besides this incident.
“Now we ask you to look at all the evidence in this case and you’re going to ask yourself what was the real cause of these children’s plight?”
The state began calling witnesses Tuesday to testify against Davis. So far, an ER nurse and the first police officer to arrive at the hospital took the stand.
The trial continues Wednesday afternoon.