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6-year-old dies following bathtub mishap

Charlie Jayne Crandall Davis, a happy 6-year-old with Down’s Syndrome, died on Saturday from injuries suffered from a fall in the bath tub.

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POSTED May 8, 2013 2:23 a.m.

Charlie Jayne Crandall Davis was a happy 6-year-old who wore red-framed glasses, loved to dance and refused to be defined by Down’s Syndrome.

Those will be Anna Crandall’s lasting memories of her only daughter and the centerpiece of a young Manteca family. Crandall Davis died on Saturday evening at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

Crandall Davis suffered a critical head injury from a fall in the bath tub at her home last Wednesday, according to Crandall. “I’d rather not go into all the details,” she said.

Crandall Davis was medi-flighted from Doctor’s Hospital in Manteca to Oakland. Her death is being investigated by Manteca detectives.

A funeral service has been set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church on Moffat Boulevard.

“She brought happiness to anyone she ever met,” her mother said in a tear-filled interview with The Manteca Bulletin.

“In her six little years, she touched so many people. Anyone she met, she was everyone’s favorite. Charlie was so full of life and happiness.”

Crandall Davis attended kindergarten at Nile Garden Elementary School and John J. McFall School before that.

She had just begun cheerleading.

“We were planning for her future. She had a bright future ahead of her,” Crandall said. “I was always a tomboy, so having a girl in cheerleading was interesting. But that was her. She was full of joy and she loved to dance.”

Crandall Davis was the younger of two children; her brother Rylie is 7. Her innocence and playful personality will be missed. She loved to wear socks – “Since she was a baby they have been her favorite thing,” Crandall said – and she struggled to keep her glasses on.

 “She made every day so happy. We owe it to her find that (happiness) again. All of our little family quirks and all of our family rituals, they all involved her,” Crandall said. “She helped start them all.

“Trying to move on without the center of our world is our mission right now. … She was the center of everything.”

The community has rallied around Crandall and a family in mourning. A fundraising campaign – http://bit.ly/13X1M5A – has been established by Trevor Shamblin, a friend and former classmate of Crandall’s at Manteca High School.

As of press time, $3,323 had been raised, approximately one-fifth of Shamblin’s goal.

“She comes from a generous home that’s fallen on hard times,” Shamblin wrote on the fundraising page.

He’s also organized a drive-thru dinner at Fagundes Meats on Wednesday, May 15. Tickets are $15 and can be picked up at Binford’s Custom Cycles and The Pub on Main Street, as well as The Rusty Hook on Yosemite Avenue and CK Grill in Lathrop.

A benefit poker tournament is also in the works, he said.

“I know that she already has a ton of stuff on her plate,” Shamblin said. “I thought it would help to have one less thing to worry about.”

Shamblin said his daughter Harleigh and Crandall Davis were friends and spent many weekends together. He remembers a bubbly little girl who never said goodbye without a hug.

“She was an amazing little girl,” Shamblin said. “Always smiling, playing … She had Down’s Syndrome, but you’d never know if you saw her playing in a group of kids; she could keep up with the biggest kid.”

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