A man has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a two-week-old baby, after his pram was hit by a car on Easter Sunday.

Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along the pavement in his first family outing in High Street, Brownhills, Walsall, at about 4pm on April 4 when the collision took place.

James Paul Davis, 34, was later arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He has also denied a separate offence of causing death by driving while uninsured.

He entered his pleas to the two charges by videolink from HMP Birmingham at Wolverhampton Crown Court today, and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and that he understood the proceedings.

The trial will take place October 4, and he will remain in custody during that time, Judge Michael Chambers QC said.

Ciaran’s funeral took place on April 28, with the cortege, led by a horse-drawn hearse, passing close to the scene of the crash.

An inquest was opened and adjourned earlier this month pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Ciaran’ death triggered an outpouring of grief in the Walsall area, with flowers, teddy bears and toys left by the roadside, and blue ribbons tied to railings and street furniture. A crowdfunding appeal to support the family has since raised around £39,000.

In a statement issued through police shortly after the crash, Ciaran’s parents 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.’

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