A DRINK driver who killed a baby in a hit-and-run pram crash could be free in two years.
James Paul Davis, 35, has already served a year of his six-and-a-half year sentence on remand for driving into Ciaran Leigh Morris at twice the speed limit.
James Paul Davis, 35, could be out in just over two yearsCredit: PA
Ciaran was killed on his first-ever day outCredit: PA
Davis was caught on CCTV running awayCredit: SWNS
It comes as West Midlands Mayor Andy Street called for his jail term to be reviewed for being too lenient.
Uninsured Davis was driving at 60mph in his BMW when he killed 18-day-old Ciaran on his first-ever outing, before running off.
Video showed Davis running off as Ciaran’s dad Camaron shouted: “You just killed my son.”
He and partner Codie Holyman also screamed “the baby, the baby” in Walsall, West Mids.
Davis has made 11 previous court appearances for 35 offences, including driving without insurance and drink-driving
Mr Street said: “We feel Davis’ sentence does not match the seriousness of the crime and the wilful disregard for people’s safety shown during previous offences.
“The previous convictions, the serious injury caused to Ciaran’s mother, the other offences commitment at the same time (driving without insurance) and the attempt to avoid detection should place this at ‘level one’ (the most serious) under the sentencing guidelines.”
Cllr Stephen Craddock added: “It’s an absolute disgrace. He could be free in just over two years. It doesn’t seem equitable.”
Ciaran’s family revealed their heartbreak last week when Davis was jailed.
His parents said after the verdict: “Ciaran our precious baby boy, in the short time he was with us, was loved so much.
“The unexpected and sudden circumstances of losing Ciaran has caused great pain and our lives will never be the same without him. “
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Davis called police after the crash and claimed he passed out at the wheel after suffering a coughing fit.
Witness Dean Athersmith told the court how he also heard Davis call his girlfriend after the crash on Easter Sunday last year.
He said: “[Davis] said ‘I’ve just run someone over, I need to phone my missus, I am going to go down for a long time’.
“I wouldn’t give him my phone, but I put the phone number in my phone. The number just rang out and then he tried again and a woman answered.
“He told her ‘I’m really sorry I’ve ran over a baby, I’ve killed it, please look after my baby’ which made me think he had a child.
“When he got off the phone I asked him why he left the scene he said, ‘They after me’.
“It was like he wanted me to stay with him but I told him I had to go and he ran off.”
Davis was arrested at his girlfriend’s home as he “wanted to see my baby before I go”.
He told a police officer: “A baby, f***s sake. I’m sorry bab. I blacked out, I was doing 20mph.”
Bodycam footage played to jurors showed him telling officers how he “aint killed no one on purpose”.
James Curtis, QC, prosecuting, said the driver was “fully fit, heavily built and he was clear headed enough to invent an excuse”.
Tests found he had cannabis in his system but it was below the legal limit, it was said.
Ciaran was rushed to hospital but died just hours later from injuries to his head and body.
Mum Codie suffered a broken collar bone and a bruised foot in the crash and has constant back pain, jurors heard.
Detective Sergeant Julie Lyman said: “The death of baby Ciaran shocked the community and support poured in for his young parents.
“Their grief at what should have been one of the happiest times of their lives is unimaginable and the conviction of Davis cannot compensate for their loss.
“Our thoughts remain with them and their families.”