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Justine Davis: Detained in Cuba, mom finally allowed to leave after son's death

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Justine Davis has finally been freed to return home.

Two days before Christmas last year, a traffic accident took the life of 3-year-old Cameron Davis, who was riding on the back of a motor scooter with his mom, Justine Davis. Justine swerved to avoid a pothole in a blind curve and collided with an oncoming truck. Cameron was pronounced dead at the scene.

Justine was injured as well, but according to Yahoo! Canada on Thursday, the Canadian citizen was not being allowed to return home because Cuban officials were conducting a protracted investigation, initially suspecting that the 29-year-old mother willingly caused the accident.

If so, Davis would be charged with vehicular manslaughter under Cuban law.

Davis, a General Motors worker from Toronto, was vacationing with her son on the small island of Cayo Largo del Sur. Justine had just lost her father the previous month to brain cancer.

Supporters established a Facebook page and an online petition was started to “put pressure on the Cuban government to release Justine Davis.” Both sites received heavy support, with the petition, carried by change.org, receiving over 40,000 signatures.

Cameron’s body had already been sent home, but his funeral was being postponed in the hopes that Justine would be there to say goodbye.

“This has been a total nightmare… it’s going to crush me,” Davis told CTVNews.ca Wednesday, prior to learning she was being freed. “I just can’t imagine not being allowed to go. I’m his mother.”

Canada's Minister of State, Lynne Yelich, personally got involved, and was able to arrange a diplomatic resolution that allowed Davis to go free.

“I personally appealed to Cuba to request help on Ms. Davis’s case on compassionate grounds,” tweeted Yelich. “Pleased to relay that Ms. Davis is free to leave Cuba. We appreciate Cuba’s efforts to resolve this situation,” the State Minister added.

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