Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Atlantic City Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter in Shaking Death of 6-month-old Baby

MAYS LANDING An Atlantic City man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of a 6-month-old baby last year, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
Wednesday, Aug. 21, Daquan Davis, 20, entered a guilty plea to the most serious charge he faced – first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

During his plea, Davis admitted to shaking a 6-month-old baby boy on Sept. 13, 2012, which resulted in the death of the child.
The baby was left in Davis’ care at the mother’s Atlantic City apartment while she was at work. When the victim’s mother returned home from work at approximately 4 a.m., she found her son unresponsive and called 911.
The Atlantic City Police Department responded to the scene at the School House Apartment Complex located on North Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The baby was subsequently pronounced dead a short time later.
Following a joint investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department, Davis was arrested that evening. Davis was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $750,000 full cash bail.
On Feb. 26, 2013, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Davis, on charges of aggravated manslaughter, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Davis will receive a 12-year New Jersey State Prison sentence subject to the No Early release Act (NERA). Davis must serve 85- percent or approximately 10 years and two months before becoming eligible for parole.
Davis will be sentenced on October 25, 2013 by Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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