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Infant's injuries in Kingsport murder case recounted in hearing

March 20th, 2012 2:51 pm by Kacie Breeding

Infant's injuries in Kingsport murder case recounted in hearing

Ryan Lee Robert Davis, 35, and Larissa Renee Davis, now Larissa Scheidt, 23

Editor's note: Larissa Davis is now legally known as Larissa Scheidt.

A Kingsport infant suffered multiple brain injuries and skeletal fractures before her death in 2009, according to forensic testimony introduced during a hearing her parents -- charged with murder, abuse and neglect of their daughter -- attended Monday in Sullivan County Criminal Court.

Ryan Lee Robert Davis, 35, and Larissa Renee Davis, now Larissa Scheidt, 23, each are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The charges stem from the November 2009 death of their six-month-old daughter, Izabel.

During a motions hearing Monday afternoon, Davis sought to have his murder counts severed from the abuse and neglect charges. Scheidt and her attorney, Gene Scott, participated in the hearing but ultimately declined to join in Davis' motion before the judge issued his ruling.

The judge denied the motion after hearing testimony about the multiple injuries Izabel is believed to have suffered in the weeks leading up to her Nov. 6, 2009, death.

Dr. Karen Cline-Parhamovich, a forensic pathologist with East Tennessee State University's William L. Jenkins Forensic Center, testified that she determined Izabel's death was a "homicide" resulting from "multiple blunt force injuries."


Read more on this story in Wednesday's print edition of the Kingsport Times-News.

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