Daughter charged in teacher's death

Christina Elizabeth Mavris, 21, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Dana Davis.

AIKEN - It was not the first time Aiken authorities had been called to Schofield Middle School teacher Dana Davis' residence, but it would be the last.


This time, the house was on fire, and Ms. Davis, 55, was dead inside the home at 1268 Hahn Avenue in Crosland Park. She wasn't killed by the fire, police said Tuesday; she died from multiple stab wounds.

Investigators on Tuesday morning charged Christina Elizabeth Mavris, 21, in the May 3 stabbing death of her mother.

Aiken authorities arrested Ms. Mavris on Thursday night at her mother's home on an unrelated bench warrant for trespassing and took her to the Aiken County detention center. At the time, Ms. Mavris was not considered a suspect.

Lt. David Turno, spokesman for the Aiken Department of Public Safety, said investigators have been working the case day and night.

About 10 police reports dating back to 2003 document a history of violence and erratic behavior by the suspect toward the victim. However, Lt. Turno said, there was only one call where a charge was made against Ms. Mavris. Ms. Davis declined to press charges against her daughter in the other incidents.

In the first report filed in 2003, Ms. Davis said her then-17-year-old daughter had become paranoid, convinced that her mother needed to leave Aiken because someone was going to hurt her.

According to the report, Ms. Davis told police that her daughter had a history of drug abuse and refused to take prescribed medication for diagnosed mental health problems.

Reports show an escalation in violence toward her mother. A month after the first report, Ms. Davis filed another report stating that when she tried to leave the house, Ms. Mavris grabbed her to pull her back inside.

Nearly two years later, another report was filed for assault. Ms. Davis told police her daughter hit her on the arm and in the shoulder with a wooden board and with the phone after she ripped the cord out of the wall. Charges were filed against Ms. Mavris, and warrants were issued for her arrest.

The last report Ms. Davis filed with Aiken Public Safety is dated March 23, stating that when the victim woke up, she found that the window in her den had been pushed out of the frame and her daughter was performing house cleaning chores.

Less than two months later, on May 3, Aiken firefighters responded around 11 p.m. to a 911 call, placed by the suspect, of a burning home in the 1200 block of Hahn Avenue. Ms. Davis was found dead inside.

According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, autopsy results revealed that Ms. Davis did not die from burns suffered in the fire, but from a cardiac arrhythmia caused by multiple stab wounds.

Lt. Turno said only the bedroom sustained fire damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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