Death sentence upheld in child murder case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The conviction and death sentence of a man accused of killing a 2-year-old in 1992 was recently upheld by the Florida Supreme Court.

Two-year-old Caleasha Cunningham was left in Toney Deron Davis' care back in December 1992 while her mother ran an errand, according to a release from the State Attorney's Office.

During that time, a friend of Davis arrived at the apartment and found the two-year-old wet, unconscious, and bleeding from her mouth.

After an examination by doctors, they discovered bruising, swelling of the brain, and pools of blood in the skull. Caleasha later died as a result of four separate blows to the head, which caused a cerebral hemorrhage.

In 1995, Davis was convicted of first degree felony murder, aggravated child abuse, and sexual battery and he was sentenced to death.

Davis appealed, and each court which reviewed the case upheld his conviction and sentence. He continued to file motions for post-conviction relief, even after his direct appeals were found to be without merit, the release detailed. The trial court reviewed his motions, and denied them after a hearing.

Davis then appealed again and the Florida Supreme Court has now denied this latest set of claims.


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