Blake Davis has lived with his grandmother since June 15, when she found him alone inside his mother’s Lake Township home. Authorities recovered Jessie M. Davis’ body a week later in a Summit County park.
A trial will determine who should care for the young son of Jessie M. Davis.
Davis’ parents, Patty Porter and Ned Davis, were in Stark County Family Court on Thursday, each seeking custody of their 2-year-old grandson, Blake Davis.
Judge Michael Howard is scheduled to hear the case in early December.
Blake has lived with Porter since June 15, when she found him alone inside his mother’s Lake Township home.
Authorities recovered Jessie M. Davis’ body a week later in a Summit County park. The 26-year-old was 9 months pregnant when she was killed.
Blake’s father, Bobby L. Cutts Jr., has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder and other charges for the deaths of Jessie M. Davis and her unborn daughter, Chloe.
The suspended Canton police officer has pleaded not guilty and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
Porter was the first person to seek permanent custody of Blake. Ned Davis followed with his own request in late August. The couple divorced in 2006.
In court papers, Davis says he can provide a stable environment for his grandson, and intends to foster Blake’s relationships with his entire extended family if granted custody.
Davis also is concerned about his inability to visit Blake and the boy’s exposure in the media, said attorney Diane L. Dougherty.
“We wouldn’t want anything to harm Blake or be detrimental to him,” Dougherty said.
At this point, no one from Cutts’ family has requested custody of Blake, although Cutts’ parents have hired a lawyer.
Porter’s attorney, Holly Davies, said her client is working with Blake’s psychologist and the court-appointed guardian. At the hearing, both sides agreed that visitation will be handled through the psychologist.
Porter “would like to go through the process and do what’s best for Blake,” Davies said.
-- The Repository