October 15, 2017
You’ll have that.
The 51-year-old mother of six was declared dead soon after San Diego police officers found her unconscious on the floor of a City Heights apartment on Saturday.
Her 55-year-old husband was also in the home on 38th Street at Cedar Street and was later jailed on suspicion of murder.
The 18-year-old daughter said her father was flushing the ashes of her dead grandmother down the toilet, the sister said. Soon after April Davis arrived, a fight broke out.
The daughter was outside when she heard her mother’s screams, Arcala-Tirona said. The teen tried to get into the apartment, but the door was either locked or barricaded. She shouted for help, and someone nearby called 911 about 5:35 p.m., police and family said.
When officers got inside, they found Davis with severe blunt force injuries to the upper body.
Dana Davis was convicted at least twice of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes against his wife — once in November 1994 and again in August 2016, according to the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.
After his most recent conviction, he was placed on probation for three years and ordered to stay away from his wife and youngest daughter. The order was changed later to allow contact with his child, despite objections from city officials, said Gerry Braun, a spokesman for the city attorney.
“I think she felt like she had put too much love and care into their relationship to just give up,” said Kyong-Mi Arcala, one of April Davis’ sisters.
April Davis worked for more than a decade as a property tax collector with the county. Friends and co-workers reached out in the wake of her death to say what a hard-working and giving woman she was.
If the San Diego County District Attorney chooses to file charges against Dana Davis, he will likely be arraigned Thursday in San Diego Superior Court.