Mother of Shaken Baby Suffers Double Loss

By: Kari Huston
By: Kari Huston

20-year-old Tara Davis is mother living a nightmare. She's lost the two people most important to her in the world. Last week her 6-week-old son Jaylen died at the hands of his father, then her 4-year-old daughter Aleyah was taken into foster care until Child Services can investigate.

“Tara is a good mother. She works two jobs, she finished school. She cares deeply for her children,” says her aunt, Shirley Davis. “There is no responsibility where Tara is concerned for this tragedy. She wasn’t even here. She was at work at the time.”

Tara's family says she's suffering twice as much without her daughter by her side.
“She needs Aleyah and Aleyah needs her mother to comfort her,” Tara’s uncle, Henri DeJesus explains.

The children's empty bedrooms are a painful reminder of the loss Tara is experiencing. 6-week-old Jaylen, dead from a head injury. 4-year-old Aleyah, stripped of her family and everything familiar. She's only seen her mother twice since the tragedy. The family would also like to see Carlos' daughter Brionna, who was also living in the home, placed with one of his family members.

Tara Davis and her family say they understand that Family and Social Services is looking out for Aleyah’s best interest and they need to do complete their investigation. They only hope the people involved will expedite the process and get this child back to her grieving mother as soon as possible.

“My daughter cried last night because she didn’t think her cousin was ever going to come home,” DeJesus recalls. “I told her Aleyah will come home because we have faith in the system and their ability to protect the youth.”

The Department of Child services says the investigation could take up to 90 days.

They also say Tara and her family need to come to terms with the violence that happened in the home and prove they're willing to do everything possible to prevent it from ever happening again.

A custody hearing is scheduled for February.

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