INMAN WOMAN RECEIVES LIFE PRISON SENTENCE FOR KILLING HER TWO-YEAR-OLD
An Inman mother received a life prison sentence today
after a Spartanburg County jury decided that she killed her two-year-old
Shellra Mance, 25, of 133 Gaines Drive, was convicted of homicide
by child abuse. Circuit Judge Michael Baxley sentenced the Spartanburg
County woman at the conclusion of the three-day trial.
Mance will have to serve the entire prison sentence. She is not eligible
Mance beat Woodruff Prashuron Davis to death.
“Ms. Mance committed a sickening crime when she beat her son
and she received a sentence that she richly deserves,” Principal
Deputy Solicitor Barry Barnette said.
Barnette and Assistant Solicitor Jennifer Wells prosecuted the case
Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies responded to Spartanburg
Regional Medical Center about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 17, 2002 after the child
arrived with a multiple injuries that included bruises, cuts and strap
marks on his body. He also had internal bleeding in his head.
Mance told deputies the baby fell while playing on the porch of a
relative’s Breeze Street home and hit his head about 3 p.m.
on Sept. 17. The porch was four feet above the ground. Mance said
she called 911 hours later when he started acting ill.
The child had eight to 10 large bruises on his torso, 3-4 large bruises
on his forehead, a retinal hemorage and other injuries when he was
rushed to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center the day of the incident.
During an interview with sheriff’s Investigator Jason Yown on
Sept. 18, Mance reiterated her claim that Preshuron fell off the porch
but she also said she struck the baby 10-15 times with a belt. She
told Yown she was trying to discipline the child for disobeying her
when she asked him to stop playing with his toys.
Yown’s review of the baby’s medical records and the statements
of several witnesses led him to conclude that the child could not
have fallen off the porch as his mother claimed.
During the trial, four doctors and two nurses testified that the child’s
injuries weren’t consistent with a single fall.
“Good work throughout the system enabled this murder case to
have a positive result,” Barnette said. “The hospital
staff recognized the potential crime when the baby arrived in the
emergency room and they reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Yown developed the complaint into
a solid murder case.”