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running with scissors

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by WHA73, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest

    ATLANTA -- A mother accused of cutting off part of her son's tongue with hot scissors avoided a 5-year prison sentence and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

    But before going on probation, Samantha J. Davis, 33, will serve 60 to 180 days in a detention center.

    Judge Wade Crumbley also told Davis to complete a 26-week parenting class, a nonviolence class and have only supervised visits with her son.

    Henry County prosecutors had recommended that Davis serve five years in prison. But the boy's father testified Tuesday that he did not want her to go to prison.

    "He told the judge she is a good woman, and he doesn't feel his son is unsafe around her," Davis' lawyer, Rickey L. Richardson, said.

    Davis heated a pair of scissors on a stove in August 2004 and held it to her 6-year-old son's neck before cutting off a piece of his tongue as punishment for talking back, authorities said. Her estranged husband, Toby Davis reported the injuries to police and she was arrested.

    The child has been in his father's custody since then. Davis pleaded guilty in June to two child cruelty charges.

    But the state's case was hampered when Toby Davis filed court papers refusing to cooperate with the prosecution and asking that charges be dropped. The boy also signed an affidavit saying he did not want his mother prosecuted.

    Henry District Attorney Tommy Floyd said he did not know if the father's refusal affected the sentence.

    "The judge didn't say, 'This is why I'm doing what I'm doing.' I know the father was very reluctant to prosecute and we feel he influenced the child," Floyd said.

    In the meantime, Richardson said Samantha Davis was relieved by the sentence.

    "She was hoping for straight probation but at least it isn't the five years in prison the state wanted," he said.

    Indeed, she's a great mom
  2. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Umm. How can I even respond to that??? Why would you ever let someone have a child who would not feel the child's mother is a harm after what she did?!? I'm so confused as to what's happening in our world today.
  3. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Of course the kid signed an affadavit. Can you imagine what body parts he'd lose had he testified against Mommy Dearest?
  4. Breakyoself

    Breakyoself Member

    i don't care if the father said don;'t send her to prison. after what she did, she needs to. this is unbelievable.
  5. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest

    Her time would be better served bonding with her child -not being incarcerated (andrea yates attorney)
  6. CitizenTino

    CitizenTino Active Member

    I'm sure the child would much rather bond with the rest of his severed tongue.
  7. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    I'm waiting for JR's take on how us cretins just don't get it, wanting that woman to be punished.

    Honestly, how CAN you penalize a mere scissoring, when Yates has gotten off for five premeditated greasings.

    It's open season on children.
  8. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Wow. That is all. Just wow.
  9. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Gotta love old-school parenting.
  10. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    I'm guessing the woman was all out of soap...poor kid.
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