MAYS LANDING— A man accused of killing a baby inside an Atlantic City apartment told investigators he “lost his cool” with the boy when he was baby-sitting him, according to information revealed in court Friday.
“He wouldn’t stop crying,” Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer read from Daquan Davis’ confession. “I just lost it.”
Davis, 19, then allegedly showed investigators how he shook 6-month-old Yusuf E’Miy Stewart-Ali Jr.
Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor denied a motion by the defense to lower Davis’ $500,000 bail. He was originally jailed on $750,000 full cash, but that was lowered Oct. 9.
Ebony Stewart had left her son with Davis — who was not related to the child — overnight while she went to work. When she returned home to her Schoolhouse apartment about 3:45 a.m. Sept. 14, she found the child unresponsive and called 911. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Defense attorney Joseph Levin said Friday that he has not received any evidence in the case, including cause of death.
“Mr. Davis languishes in jail with really an inability to defend,” he told the judge.
When Flammer detailed some of the evidence, Levin said he had no response because he has not been privy to the information, nor had a chance to have his own experts examine it.
The cause of death was acute cerebral spinal trauma, Flammer told the judge.
He said the state also will request DNA from Davis in an attempt to prove he had been smoking marijuana at the time. Stubs from marijuana cigarettes were found at the scene.
Seven people attended the brief court hearing on Davis’ behalf Friday, including his mother and grandmother. None commented on the case.
It was not clear whether the baby’s mother or any other family members were aware of the hearing. They were not in court, but have been for other appearances.
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