A TWO-week-old baby died from "major trauma" after a car ploughed into his pram on his family’s first outing, an inquest has heard.

Little Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along the pavement when a car mounted the pavement in Brownhills, near Walsall, West Midlands on Easter Sunday.


A BMW mounted the pavement before ploughing into a parade of shops and trapping the buggy on Brownhills High Street.

The baby was being pushed in his pram by his family before being struck and suffering serious injuries.

He was rushed to hospital but died, West Midlands Police said.

Today an inquest into Ciaran's death was opened and adjourned at Black Country Coroner's Court by Area Coroner Joanne Lees.

She revealed parents Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman, both 18, had to identify tiny Ciaran's body and offered the couple her "sincere condolences."

She said: "We are here to open the inquest into the death of Ciaran Morris. His death was reported to me by West Midlands Police.

"He was born on March 17, 2021 and sadly died on April 4, 2021 at Manor Hospital in Walsall in the West Midlands.

"It was reported to me that Ciaran had been taken in there following a collision at 4pm on April 4, 2021 involving a vehicle that mounted the pavement and collided with a pram carrying baby Ciaran.

"Paramedics attended and administered CPR, then he was taken to Manor Hospital in Walsall where sadly he was confirmed as having passed away.

"Doctor Lawson has provided the medical cause of death, that was major trauma caused by a road traffic accident.

"Ciaran was identified by his parents Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman.

"In these circumstances an inquest into the death is required.

"I have been made aware a person has been charged with a criminal offence in connection with the death of Ciaran Morris.

"Therefore I am going to open the inquest into the death of Ciaran Morris "I am going to suspend my coronial conclusion into the death of Ciaran pending the outcome of criminal investigations.

"I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Kiaran's family."

His parents paid a heartfelt tribute to their newborn son on Monday.

They said: “Mommy’s and daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything.”

James Paul Davis, 34, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He is also facing allegations of causing death by driving while uninsured, failing to stop at the scene of a crash and failing to report a collision.

He was denied conditional bail and remanded in custody partly for his own protection by District Judge David Murray.

Prosecutor Mark Cooper said that “tensions were running high in the community” as a result of "the tragic case".

Mr Cooper said that threats had been made against the defendant, saying: “There are persons wishing to attack and assault him.”

His defence lawyer Sarbjit Lalli said that “the death of a two week old child is emotive” and his client was only told the baby had died while in custody.

More than 2,000 people, moved by the tragedy, have donated to a JustGiving page set up by Karl Roberts, who stated: “We are trying to raise funds to support the family at this very difficult time."

Flowers were laid at the scene of the crash and the boy's great aunt Lisa Forde said the family has been left "heartbroken".

Another relative said the young couple were “very grateful” to the local community for its huge support.

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