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Couple plead not guilty in death of boy at Scottsdale hotel


A woman and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges in the death of an 11-year-old boy last month

PHOENIX – A woman and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges in the death of an 11-year-old boy last month.

Stephanie Davis, 51, and Thomas Desharnais, 33, had a court hearing on Tuesday, Phoenix ABC15 television reported.

Court records show the two were both charged with one count of first-degree homicide, nine counts of child abuse and one count of tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors say Davis is the grandmother of Chaskah Davis Smith, who died after being found unconscious in a Scottsdale hotel on January 30.

Davis is accused of hitting the boy in the head with a ratchet and failing to seek medical attention for his injuries.

She remains jailed on $3.5 million cash bond while Desharnais is being held on $1.5 million cash bond.

The couple’s next scheduled court appearance is a pre-trial on March 29.

ABC News

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