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JustGiving well-wishers raise £32k for funeral of baby killed when car hit his pram in West Midlands

Well-wishers have raised more than £30,000 towards the funeral of a two-week-old baby boy who was killed after a car hit his pram during the first outing with his 18-year-old mother.

Ciaran Leigh Morris suffered serious injuries after a white BMW collided with his stroller as his family were pushing him along the pavement in Brownhills, near Walsall, West Midlands, on Easter Sunday afternoon.

He was rushed to hospital, but nothing could be done to save him.

Well-wishers have raised more than £30,000 towards the funeral of two-week-old baby boy Ciaran Leigh Morris (above), who was killed after a car hit his pram during the first outing with his 18-year-old mother. He was rushed to hospital, but nothing could be done to save him

Well-wishers have raised more than £30,000 towards the funeral of two-week-old baby boy Ciaran Leigh Morris (above), who was killed after a car hit his pram during the first outing with his 18-year-old mother. He was rushed to hospital, but nothing could be done to save him

Well-wishers have raised more than £30,000 towards the funeral of two-week-old baby boy Ciaran Leigh Morris (above), who was killed after a car hit his pram during the first outing with his 18-year-old mother. He was rushed to hospital, but nothing could be done to save him

Ciaran suffered serious injuries after a white BMW collided with his stroller as his family were pushing him along the pavement in Brownhills, near Walsall, West Midlands, on Easter Sunday afternoon. (Pictured, the scene of the crash)

Ciaran suffered serious injuries after a white BMW collided with his stroller as his family were pushing him along the pavement in Brownhills, near Walsall, West Midlands, on Easter Sunday afternoon. (Pictured, the scene of the crash)

Ciaran suffered serious injuries after a white BMW collided with his stroller as his family were pushing him along the pavement in Brownhills, near Walsall, West Midlands, on Easter Sunday afternoon. (Pictured, the scene of the crash)

Ciaran's parents, Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman (pictured two years ago), both 18, had been in a relationship for some time and had been excited for their baby

Ciaran's parents, Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman (pictured two years ago), both 18, had been in a relationship for some time and had been excited for their baby

Ciaran’s parents, Camaron Morris and Codie Holyman (pictured two years ago), both 18, had been in a relationship for some time and had been excited for their baby

In a statement issued through police on Monday, his parents Codie Holyman and Camaron Morris, both 18, said: ‘Mommy’s and Daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything.

‘We didn’t get to keep you for long but we are happy we had the chance to meet you, look after you and call you our son. Fly high angel.’

A crowdfunding site which was set up through JustGiving with an appeal target of £2,000 to help support the family, has now raised more than 16 times that total in just four days.

More than 2,000 people and businesses have so far donated.

A crowdfunding site which was set up through JustGiving with an appeal target of £2,000 to help support the family, has now raised more than 16 times that total in just four days. (Above, the amount raised as of 5.30pm today)

A crowdfunding site which was set up through JustGiving with an appeal target of £2,000 to help support the family, has now raised more than 16 times that total in just four days. (Above, the amount raised as of 5.30pm today)

A crowdfunding site which was set up through JustGiving with an appeal target of £2,000 to help support the family, has now raised more than 16 times that total in just four days. (Above, the amount raised as of 5.30pm today)

In a statement issued through police on Monday, his parents said: 'Mommy's and Daddy's hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything. (Above, Codie Holyman and Camaron Morris, holding their young son before the tragedy)

In a statement issued through police on Monday, his parents said: 'Mommy's and Daddy's hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything. (Above, Codie Holyman and Camaron Morris, holding their young son before the tragedy)

In a statement issued through police on Monday, his parents said: ‘Mommy’s and Daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything. (Above, Codie Holyman and Camaron Morris, holding their young son before the tragedy)

Among the tributes on the JustGiving page, set up by Karl Roberts, was a message from Barbara Johnson, which read: ‘There are no words to ease the deepest heartache and sadness you must feel at this awful time, no parent should have to experience this. Rest in peace beautiful boy, an angel far too soon.’

Another, from Michelle Butler, said: ‘I have a new grandson who’s 2 weeks old and to think of losing him is beyond tragic. I hope u find comfort and get support from family and friends. How u get over this god knows. I’m so deeply sorry – may he rest in peace.’ 

The death has shocked the wider community, with dozens of bunches of flowers laid at the scene, alongside balloons, gifts, and blue ribbons, tied to railings and street furniture in memory of Ciaran. 

On Tuesday, 34-year-old James Paul Davis appeared before magistrates charged with causing baby Ciaran's death by dangerous driving, and other motoring offences. (Above, Davis outside Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on April 6)

On Tuesday, 34-year-old James Paul Davis appeared before magistrates charged with causing baby Ciaran's death by dangerous driving, and other motoring offences. (Above, Davis outside Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on April 6)

On Tuesday, 34-year-old James Paul Davis appeared before magistrates charged with causing baby Ciaran’s death by dangerous driving, and other motoring offences. (Above, Davis outside Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on April 6)

Ciaran’s parents visited the scene of the crash on Monday to view the mass of cards, flowers and cuddly toys placed at the site throughout the day. 

On Tuesday, 34-year-old James Paul Davis appeared before magistrates charged with causing baby Ciaran’s death by dangerous driving, and other motoring offences.

The defendant was allegedly driving his BMW without insurance or a licence when he smashed into the pram at around 4pm on April 4. 

Police believe the tragedy happened after the BMW1 Series crashed into a Ford B-Max before ploughing onto the pavement and pinning the mother and baby against a wall. 

A note (bottom right) left by the parents of Ciaran Leigh Morris at the scene on High Street, Brownhills, Walsall

A note (bottom right) left by the parents of Ciaran Leigh Morris at the scene on High Street, Brownhills, Walsall

A note (bottom right) left by the parents of Ciaran Leigh Morris at the scene on High Street, Brownhills, Walsall

Prosecuting, Mark Cooper told Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday that ‘tensions were running high in the community’ as a result of the case and said threats had been made against Davis.

‘There are persons wishing to attack and assault him [Davis],’ Mr Cooper told the court.

Sarbjit Lalli, Davis’ defence lawyer, said that ‘the death of a two-week-old child is emotive’ and that the defendant was only told Ciaran had died while he was being held in custody.

Davis, who bears a facial scar and was wearing a grey T-shirt and jogging bottoms, kept his arms folded for much of the 20-minute hearing as he was flanked by two dock officers.

Davis, of Croxtalls Avenue, Walsall, was remanded into custody to appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court in May.

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