Invisible Children

Hannah Davenport

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Hannah Davenport
Hannah Davenport, age 6, died of malnutrition and dehydration after her caregivers failed to give her proper treatment for her medical condition. Hannah had a birth defect known as ectopic anus and required a special diet of soft food and frequent doctor visits, which her mother Karen Davenport (later Karen Chandler) and grandmother Linda Walsham failed to provide. Hannah and her two brothers were homeschooled.

Hannah’s parents had divorced in 2003 leaving Karen with full custody of their three children. Hannah’s father Leonard Davenport urged his ex-wife to take Hannah to the hospital after he saw her emaciated appearance about two weeks before her death, but Karen refused. Hannah weighed 27 lbs. at the time of her death.

Karen Davenport and Linda Walsham were charged in February 2005 with one count each of voluntary manslaughter. In spring 2007, the county prosecutor’s successor upped the charges to one count each of second-degree murder. In 2009 the charges against Walsham were dropped due to lack of evidence and the charge against Davenport was changed to voluntary manslaughter. Davenport was eventually found guilty in 2010 of second-degree voluntary manslaughter and was fined $5,000, avoiding jail time.

Date: January 29, 2005
Location: Anderson, Missouri

Documents: Date:
Cases proceeding in 6-year-old girl’s death three years ago 02-17-2008
Grandma to Stand Trial in Girl’s Death After Allegedly Withholding Medical Treatment 02-18-2008
Mom, Grandma Charged in Girl’s Death 02-19-2008
Woman to stand trial in daughter’s 2005 death 09-10-2008
Trial Dates Set For Mother And Grandmother Accused Of Starving Little Girl To Death 02-04-2009
Area cases back in court this week 04-27-2009
UPDATED: Murder Trial Of Mother Accused Of Starving Little Girl Postponed 05-04-2009
Mother faces voluntary manslaughter trial next week 05-04-2010
Trial under way in 2005 child death 05-12-2010
Davenport Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter In Daughter’s Starvation Death; No Jail Time–$5,000 Fine 05-14-2010
Karen Davenport found guilty of manslaughter 05-14-2010
Woman found guilty in malnourishment death case 05-15-2010