A man was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison without parole for the murder of 5-year-old Addison Vinesett.
The child, her mother and her mother’s boyfriend were staying at Super 8 motel in Aberdeen and were arrested in the child’s death on July 26, 2021.
“Cody Davis appeared in the Superior Court of Moore County and plead guilty to the First Degree Murder of Addison Vinsett,” said Moore County District Attorney Mike Hardin in a press release. “He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.”
Aberdeen Police Chief Carl Colasacco told Sandhills Sentinel at the time of the suspicious death that Cody Davis and Ashley Vinesett, both from Spartanburg, S.C., rushed the child to the FirstHeath Moore Regional Hospital Emergency Room. Shortly after arrival, the girl was pronounced dead. Authorities at the time declined to release the cause of death pending official autopsy results.
Due to the child’s condition, the emergency room notified Pinehurst Police Department per protocol. Once Pinehurst Police learned the child was brought in from the Super 8 on U.S. Highway 1, they notified Aberdeen Police Department.
Aberdeen Police immediately responded to the motel, and additional officers went to the emergency room. Davis and Vinesett were taken into custody and transported to the Moore County Sherriff’s Office as the investigation continued.
The couple was subsequently placed under arrest. Davis, 34, was charged with first-degree murder, felony child abuse with severe bodily injury, and possession of stolen goods/property. Vinesett, 34, was charged with felony child abuse with severe bodily injury.
Hardin did not mention the status of Ashley Vinsett’s charges or how the child died.
“The Moore County District Attorney’s Office would like to extend a special thank you to the Pinehurst Police Department and the Aberdeen Police Department for their diligent work in this case,” said Hardin.
Photo: Cody Davis and Ashley Vinesett after being arrested in 2021-Moore County Detention Center.
~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Curtis Self and staff.