Mom leaves baby with her ex for a day. Then one phone call crashes her whole world Mom leaves baby with her ex for a day. Then one phone call crashes her whole world
Five years ago, this baby girl was shaken so severely by her father that the doctors thought she wouldn’t live through the night. Yet, this... Mom leaves baby with her ex for a day. Then one phone call crashes her whole world

Five years ago, this baby girl was shaken so severely by her father that the doctors thought she wouldn’t live through the night. Yet, this tough baby miraculously survived. Years later, her mother shared her story to inform others—“Never shake a baby.”

Cheyenne Rae, 5, is an adorable girl who gets excited about going to school.

“… she pops right up and asks what she’s going to wear today haha Girl loves clothes,” wrote Cheyenne’s mother, Amy Owensby, on the Prayers for Cheyenne Rae Facebook page.

Five years back, it was a different story.

The poor girl suffered severe brain damage after being shaken by her father when she was just 8 months old.

On that fateful day of Aug. 17, 2012, Owensby dropped off the then 8-month-old Cheyenne to be with her father, James Davis Jr., for a routine weekend visit. Owensby and Davis were separated.

An hour and a half later, Owensby received a call from Davis—Cheyenne wasn’t breathing.

What led to the baby girl’s critical condition was Davis shaking his daughter in a moment of anger to stop Cheyenne from crying.

“All that came crashing down. … I snapped. There’s no reason for it. I don’t know why I did it,” said Davis, according to an online report from

Cheyenne was later airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

“I will never get the image of her lifeless body being placed in that helicopter out of my head,” Owensby recalled.

The result of Davis’s action was devastating. The shake fractured Cheyenne’s skull and caused her brain to swell and bleed.

Davis initially lied to cover up what he did, but eventually pleaded guilty for shaking Cheyenne. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013.

Owensby was only allowed to hold Cheyenne a week after the devastating abuse.

Cheyenne later spent years recovering from the severe injury, undergoing multiple surgeries and therapy sessions. Unfortunately, doctors had to remove half of her brain, which left her paralyzed on the right side of her body.

In May 2015, Cheyenne still struggled from the consequences of the incident. Owensby wrote on Facebook that her daughter wasn’t walking, and was hopping on one foot due to balance issues.

“She literally struggles DAILY from what was done to her.. she can’t hold a babydoll and her cup at once,” shared Owensby.

However, brave Cheyenne “typically does everything with a smile.”

Following Cheyenne’s arduous recovery, Owensby hopes to share her story to warn people, “Never shake a baby.”

“So remember that when your child is screaming & nothing you’re doing is soothing them. Put them down and WALK AWAY!!” she stressed.

Obinna Onyia

  • moneice

    2017-09-11 #1 Author

    omg he would never see day light again , poor baby .


  • Karina

    2017-09-11 #2 Author

    I’m glad she’s ok. Poor princess


  • Laudelen

    2017-09-11 #3 Author

    Omg can’t trust no one at all that god she’s okay 😩


    • Garvin

      2017-09-13 #4 Author

      The main reason I WILL not allow anyone to watch my baby , this is so sad .


  • Precious

    2017-09-11 #5 Author

    Sorry this happened to u and her she’s adorable


  • Kourtney

    2017-09-11 #6 Author

    Smh , these people are sick . Hope he never sees a daylight.


    • Tiesha

      2017-09-12 #7 Author

      This is so sad. I am glad she survived. It’s sad wen u can’t even trust somebody that’s close 2 u and yo child to watch your children


  • Shundrekia Hardine

    2017-09-11 #8 Author

    Omg That Was So Sad😩But She Is A Pretty Lil Girl Though


  • Yasmin

    2017-09-11 #9 Author

    She’s beautiful 😍💞 and she is a warrior 😍💞


    • mashka

      2017-09-13 #10 Author

      this is so sad dhdjkddh hfjfmfv fhf


  • Mav

    2017-09-12 #11 Author

    she look ok now thank you Lord.



    2017-09-12 #12 Author

    Aaaw poor thing. I can’t imagine what her mom is going through but they are in our prayers.


  • Jasmine white

    2017-09-12 #13 Author

    Wow this is sooo sad!!!


  • Daja Jackson

    2017-09-12 #14 Author

    This is so sad,she didn’t deserve any of this


  • Jakayla

    2017-09-12 #15 Author

    This is so sad 😪 I can’t even believe this , she didn’t deserve any of this man. She beautiful An strong tho 💪🏾😘


  • Rachel Weekley

    2017-09-12 #16 Author

    Smh so sad she had to go thru that, but had grown to be a beautiful little girl. So cute 😍


  • Keonna

    2017-09-12 #17 Author

    She’s such a beautiful girl , she didn’t deserve any of this 💛


  • Maricris tojon

    2017-09-13 #18 Author

    Poor princess,.. But she still cute


  • Maya stuart

    2017-09-13 #19 Author

    This is why I’m glad it’s just me and my son I don’t have to worry about anyone else and how they would treat him !


  • Malaysia

    2017-09-13 #20 Author

    WOOOW some people don’t deserve to have children she a warrior god bless


  • Jeniffer Reloj

    2017-09-13 #21 Author

    Im amazed with this kid.. she’s a strong girl.. imagine how she survived with what her father did to her.. she’s really a survivor.. Godbless you.. 🙂


  • Vai Myrr Gadat

    2017-09-13 #22 Author

    how that strange things happened for the lil princess, how Blessed also she truly is to survived.


    • Ashadiyah

      2017-09-13 #23 Author

      she is beautiful and unique, Good for her and for her mom that they both brave to handle such difficult things like this.


  • Sidonnie Johnson

    2017-09-13 #24 Author

    Wow. No way !! That’s Why I dont let my daughter stay off with anyone. Never know how others are treating your child . God bless her


  • Sable

    2017-09-14 #25 Author

    This is such a sad story but in happy this beautiful little girl is beating all of the odds. It’s sad when a parent can harm their own child but situations like this is why I don’t leave my alone


  • Aunyea

    2017-09-14 #26 Author

    Awwww poor baby! 😥


  • Angela Johnson

    2017-09-14 #27 Author

    That’s extremely sad, prayers to the mother and the child 🙏🏿


  • Pashae

    2017-09-15 #28 Author

    Wow just sad can’t trust anyone


  • Selina abby

    2017-09-17 #29 Author

    Awwww omg
    Look how pretty she is
    God is with you little angel 😇


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