Daughter charged in teacher's death

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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.

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

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.

Reach Michelle Guffey at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or michelle.guffey@augustachronicle.com.

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debby
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debby 05/09/07 - 03:58 am
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Very sad. Thoughts and

Very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to this grieving family.

Love
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Love 05/09/07 - 05:58 am
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What is this world coming

What is this world coming to?Kids killing parents.This is a real shame.My prayers goes to the family.

felicia_hannah27
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felicia_hannah27 05/09/07 - 07:34 am
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to the family of ms. dvis,

to the family of ms. dvis, weeping may endure for a night but joy come in the morning

Art
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Art 05/09/07 - 07:48 am
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This sounds like mental

This sounds like mental illness problems were what drove the kid's sick mind. It is very sad.

lisavictor
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lisavictor 05/09/07 - 07:53 am
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you are in my prayers.

you are in my prayers.

Get Real
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Get Real 05/09/07 - 07:53 am
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sounds like something should

sounds like something should have been done with this girl long ago!!!

sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 05/09/07 - 08:00 am
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i agree ..give it up i said

i agree ..give it up i said the same thing

The A Train
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The A Train 05/09/07 - 08:09 am
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Prayers to the family. This

Prayers to the family. This is an example of kids needing some kind of help early. Love your kids, but don't let them kill you.

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fergie01 05/09/07 - 08:27 am
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i am sorry this kid had

i am sorry this kid had mental health problems. so sad but let me tell you a story of a 16 yr old that would pitch temper tantrums when we would not give her what she wanted. other times she was fine. her tantrums were awful,name calling screaming,etc. a doctor tried to tell us it was mental. no it wasn't. it was greed and hatred. think about it. the courts would not remove her from the home. so we did.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 05/09/07 - 08:33 am
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She won't hurt her mother

She won't hurt her mother anymore. This really is a fearful thing when there are problems with children and you don't know why.if you haven't walked in the shoes of a mother who goes through this...you don't know what you'd do. A mother never wants to believe that a child of hers is capable of anything like this, but we now see it is. I pray in Heaven that Ms Davis' fear is gone and she is at rest and peace.

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a2 05/09/07 - 08:41 am
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Ms. Davis should have had her

Ms. Davis should have had her daughter committed. Even though you don't want to, sometimes it's necessary. At the very least take out a restraining order. The problem is people never think that they will hurt them, but that's not the case. When they "hate you in their minds" they are capable of hurting you physically.

thevampyre
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thevampyre 05/09/07 - 09:04 am
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When you ignore mental

When you ignore mental illness for years, things like this happen. And so many mental health facilities in the area are closing branches.Whose job is it to make sure the people that need medication ACTUALLY take it? Or get counseling?

a2
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a2 05/09/07 - 09:07 am
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If they are underage it is

If they are underage it is your responsibility as much as you can, to commit them to a facility.

shortstuff
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shortstuff 05/09/07 - 09:41 am
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at one point in time ms.

at one point in time ms. Davis did have her daughter committed but once they are above age like she is the measures you have to go are a whole lot harder and the state mental facility has to agree to take them. Ms. Davis also had her kicked out of her home in january. Her child also was on meds for her mental illness and most times would refuse to take them. i think it is very sad and my thoughts and prayers are with her family

JUST_ME
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JUST_ME 05/09/07 - 10:42 am
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My heart goes out to this

My heart goes out to this family. I will keep you in my prayers.

fab5
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fab5 05/09/07 - 11:19 am
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My heart goes out to all

My heart goes out to all MOM during times, because parenting classes, parent magazines are not covering this area of Motherhood. The home was a safe haven, but the day they get on the school bus or walk into the classroom (private or public), they have enter into a new dimension as Mom's/Dad's we are totally unaware of...
Let wake up and garrrison around our young people with new strenght and protect our future... You have heard " taking back our street" Let take back our children/young people future. The battle continues MOM and DAD, fight to protect and provide what is need/ time is taking it toll...

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shaftmaster 05/09/07 - 11:43 am
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Why is it that it's mostly

Why is it that it's mostly always caucasian folks who kill their parents? Why are they almost always the child molestors?

hmmmm.....

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Rose 05/09/07 - 12:31 pm
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shaft, why is it mostly black

shaft, why is it mostly black people who rob places of business?Why are they the ones who smoke crack the most? I am white, and I know most serial killers are white, If you want to see how many black and white sex offenders we have here, go to most wanted of this paper. And some wonder why there is stereotyping.

GotCha
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GotCha 05/09/07 - 12:48 pm
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We as parents are trapped.

We as parents are trapped. Why? I'll tell you why because of money and not being able to get our kids affordable help. Yes, that is right. AFFORADBLE HELP! Parents who have kids that are over the age to be covered by their parents insurance companies have a serious problem. First of all, the State Mental Health providers are very slow in helping and drag their feet until the kids are so frustrated they give up. Then the medication cost so much is keeps all of us broke. Just to keep this short, monthly cost $869.00 and the doctor will change the prescriptions around like nothing because he says they are trying to get the right balance. On top of that most kids that are Bipolar take medication and self-medicate on top of that because the PAIN still is so BAD. Then the general public talk about them and they KNOW IT! They often times come up to the young person, even when they know they haven't been working, and ASK where are YOU working NOW inflecting more pain. We SHOULD be ASHAME of OURSELVES for HOW WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WE KNOW SUFFER! Many people with bipolar disorders never seek help because of the FEAR that they will be labeled CRAZY! It's easier to be a alcoholic.

TMI
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TMI 05/09/07 - 12:58 pm
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Its easier to be an

Its easier to be an alcoholic????? How do you know. You have no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marien
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marien 05/09/07 - 01:16 pm
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CRIME knows no color wrong is

CRIME knows no color wrong is wrong. My prayers to the family.

THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 05/09/07 - 01:19 pm
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Rose because of the fact that

Rose because of the fact that there are more " Whites " in America, there will always be more white convicted of all crimes. Having said that, race has nothing to do with this crime. Tis person more than likely had mental and drug related problems. Not everything is Back and White SHAFTMASTER.

GotCha
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GotCha 05/09/07 - 01:21 pm
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I don't. Well, for one thing

I don't. Well, for one thing if you drink you can just go to any store and or restaurant and order a drink. And unless you order something really exotic you're not spending nearly $900 a month. Then if you drink too much, the place you drink at will pay for you to get home. Once you get home your family just thinks you over drank. Then when you can't work the next day, they overlook that to a certain extent. Socially you can ride & hide alcoholism much better than coming out and saying I have a MENTAL PROBLEM and I don't care WHAT anyone says, it's easier. No, it's not GOOD to DO but society causes PEOPLE to NOT want to EXPOSE THEMSELVES. SORRY, BUT I DO KNOW & I ALSO DO HAVE THE INSIDE ON BEING AN ALCOHOLIC! BOTH ARE TERRIBLE LIVES DON'T GET ME WRONG. It's just that if I had to choose which one I'd rather say I am, it would be easier to say ALCOHOLIC than BIPOLAR.

THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 05/09/07 - 01:21 pm
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The thing that get's me is

The thing that get's me is that the VICTIMS do not give a you know what, the color of the person that commits a crime. Only the ignorant AZZes that are alive.

Amy
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Amy 05/09/07 - 01:23 pm
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is anyone having problems

is anyone having problems posting?

Amy
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Amy 05/09/07 - 01:24 pm
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Mental Illness, crazy? BLAH

Mental Illness, crazy? BLAH BLAH BLAH iT'S ALL DONE AND NOTHING CAN BE DONE TO BRING MS DAVIS BACK! The point is, a family has lost 2 members.. a loving mother and school teacher and her daughter to a possible jail or mental hospital sentence. Dont you think it's a little late to be going back to analize this particular situation. LET'S MOVE ON FOLKS AND FIND THE ANSWERS TO PREVENT FUTURE MURDERS AND LOSS OF FAMILY MEMBERS... PRAY FOR THOSE FAMILIES!!!

a2
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a2 05/09/07 - 01:50 pm
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The point is what to do in

The point is what to do in such situations. Call the police, let them take them to a hospital, then have them commiteted if necessary. I'm not going to have continous confrontations, daughter or not. Every state has a pschy hospital. If necessary, I'd move from my house to another location. You have to take these situations seriously, which I don't think was the case. This seems more than a bipolar disorder.

TMI
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TMI 05/09/07 - 02:30 pm
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GotCha, It is only terrible

GotCha, It is only terrible if these conditions are not treated. If people could find the right medications for their disease/disorder they would not be in such a "terrible" position. I have turned my alcoholism into the greatest asset of my life by being in RECOVERY! It looks to me as this girl has gotten away with abusing her mother into death. Now people are paying attention. SO sad it has to come to this. This should have been addressed IN 2003!!!!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 05/09/07 - 02:49 pm
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there is a 50% greater

there is a 50% greater likelihood of a white person killing a parent because they know who their daddy is..........

a2
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a2 05/09/07 - 02:54 pm
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what?

what?

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