Neighbor says daughter threatened slain teacher

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

May 8, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---Police say 21-year-old Christina Mavris killed her mother, 56-year-old Aiken middle school teacher Dana Davis.

Mavris has been in jail since last Friday. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Since then, officers had called her only a witness.

Today, five days later, that changed when Mavris was charged with murdering her mother.

Davis was found stabbed to death after Mavris called 9-1-1 to report a fire at her mother's home.

News 12 spoke with Grace Sprouse, Davis' neighbor and good friend.

"I couldn't protect her," she said. "I wish I could help her."

Sprouse says Davis often complained to her of her daughter's mental instability, and she even saw the 21-year-old try to attack Davis several times.

"She said her daughter was really sick, and she came over here one day and threatened her, and I said, 'You can't come to my house'," Sprouse recalled.

According to incident reports filed by Davis in 2003, Mavris has a history of drug abuse and had been seen by four health facilities. Because of privacy laws, the report doesn't say what type of facilities she checked into.

In the last four years, Davis filed a number of reports with Aiken Public Safety to document her daughter's violent behavior, including one dated in 2005 when Mavris allegedly beat her mother with a wooden board and ripped the phone cord out of the wall and hit her with the phone.

Sprouse says her neighbor often feared for her life.

"She tried to get her daughter help," Sprouse said. "Look what she did to her."

Officers say more charges could be coming, and they're not ruling out the possibility of other suspects involved in the murder.

Funeral services for Dana Davis will be held Saturday, May 12 at 1 o'clock at Cedar Creek Church in Aiken.


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  • by kim Location: aiken on Nov 19, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    I Miss you Dana.
  • by Crystal Location: Cincinnati on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    Oh my god I can't believe this happened!!! I was friends with her and her family I loved her mother and sister, I tried to help her back in 2004 when she came to visit me in Cincinnati. She ended up leaving with a pimp of some kind and I could never find her again! I was just doing a random google search hoping to find her doing better but god this is horrible god I wish I could call her sister and cry with her!
  • by concerned Location: Aiken on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    I grew up around and was a previous neighbor of the Davis'. Fights were a regular thing at their place, I know as we had very thin walls. Mental illness in the family was no community secret and I feel the doctors could have done more to prevent this. This is a terrible shame and could have been avoided, the warning signs were present for years.
  • by Lee Location: Charleston, SC on Feb 2, 2008 at 06:32 PM
    I knew Christina when we were younger and i can say that i never thought she would do anything like this...it is crazy to me..i also know that her mother was not the most stable person around and def. not the best mother. I don't condone murder, but give this girl a break and lay off the nasy comments.
  • by Jessica Location: Columbia on May 30, 2007 at 02:17 PM
    This disappoints me as I was friends with this girl while attending Schofield Middle School and Aiken High School. She was in trouble some but I never thought she had the capability to do something like this. I now have two daughters and know what it feels like to be a mother; all I ever want for my kids is the best and I'll do what it takes to care for them. I would like to talk to her one time just to tell her that she is a disappointment and her mother loved her so much. If it wasn't for your mother Christina, you wouldn't have lasted this long.
  • by LEE Location: SC on May 14, 2007 at 02:29 PM
    DON'T LET HER DEATH BE IN VAIN! PASS SOME LAWS, CHANGE SOME REGULATIONS, DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!
  • by RP Location: Augusta on May 10, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    I understand how hard it would be to press charges on your own child; however, why didn't the police take charge as they do in domestic calls. Someone should have made the decision to protect the mother. As parents we never dream that "our own child" could murder you but it happens. This girl will have a lot more mental problems knowing she took the life of the one that gave her life.
  • by missy Location: hephzibah on May 10, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    This girl was not born mentally ill, she choose to fill her body with drugs. Don't blame it on the state or anyone. These young people today don't want to listen to their parents anymore. They accuse us of being ole fashion, and think we don't know anything. Not understanding we know how life can be diffacult, be you got to have a strong mind to walk away from harm. Just say no. I am very sorry this woman let drugs takes the place of her mother's love. I am sure her Mother was a wonderful Mother, that is why she is gone today, Her love was too strong to have her daugther put away from harms way. But we as parents got to have touch love for our children.
  • by GW Location: SC on May 10, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    Yes, a wonderful person is gone because the community and state did nothing to help a mother in crisis with a mentally ill daughter. I hope those responsible are held accountable and that changes are made to prevent mentally ill people from harming those that love them the most in the future.
  • by Dale Location: Texas on May 9, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    This is a woman's daughter, someone who is quite ill and was not served by your community or your state, and now an exemplary educator is gone.
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