Mother charged in death of St. Elmo infant

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

The mother of a St. Elmo infant who died two weeks ago has been charged with a felony offense.
The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison charged Heaven N. Davis, 24, last Friday with endangering the life or health of a child, and she was arrested later that day.
Bond for Davis, who was scheduled to make a first appearance in court on Wednesday, has been set at $100,000. Local attorney Jeff DeLong has been appointed to represent her.
The charge filed by Morrison’s office alleges that Davis “caused or permitted (her) child to be placed in circumstances that endangered the child’s life or health in that she left (the child) unattended with a person under the age of 14 and out of her sight.”
Those actions, the charge alleges, were “the proximate cause of death.”
Davis’s child, 1-year-old Addison Scott, was taken on Jan. 22 to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, where he was pronounced dead.