Dayton mom accused of shooting kids charged with attempted murder

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 9:03 PM

Update@4:51 p.m.

Claudena Helton has been formally charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder and four counts of felonious assault for allegedly shooting her two children, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

The children, Khmorra, 8, and Kaiden, 6, remained in critical condition at Dayton Children’s Hospital Friday evening.

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The woman jailed on suspicion of shooting two of her children Thursday in Dayton has faced previous allegations involving children.

Claudena Helton was in the Montgomery County Jail Thursday night, pending filing of formal charges.

Claudena Helton was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court in March 2014, according to the county prosecutor’s office.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said two children, an 8-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy, were wounded with life-threatening injuries when their reportedly mother shot them in the head on Lori Sue Avenue.

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Dayton Children's Hospital officials said Khmorra and Kaiden Helton were in critical condition Thursday evening. 

Biehl said the mother faced child endangering charges previously but did not elaborate. 

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This news organization found records of a February 2014, incident in which Dayton police investigated injuries Khmorra allegedly suffered while at the home on Lori Sue Avenue where Thursday's shooting occurred. 

In 2014, police were called to the Miami Valley Child Development Center in the 2900 block of Shiloh Springs Road to meet with children services staff. 

A teacher at the center noticed that Khmorra, then 5, had bruises on her arms and was telling other children the bruises hurt, according to a police narrative from Officer Charles Hurley. 

On closer examination, officials discovered that Khmorra also had swelling and marks on her cheek and a cut on her lip. She had a bruise on her chest and discoloration on her left thigh. 

Khmorra told her teacher and investigators that her mother hit her with the buckle end of a belt, the report states. 

The girl said her mother hit her repeatedly with the belt while on the bed because she was crying, the report states. 

Khmorra's injuries were photographed as evidence. 

Authorities' first attempts to reach the mother by phone were unsuccessful. They eventually reached her and instructed her to come into the school. 

But the mother, whose name is not listed in the police report — rushed past the school's front desk and went to her 3-year-old son's classroom, where police found her putting on his coat and getting him ready to leave, the report states. 

The mother said "she was going to jail and needed to take her kids somewhere first," says officer Hurley's narrative. Hurley told her a decision on charges hadn't been made and he was not planning to arrest her. 

The mother said a boy at school touched her daughter's buttocks the previous day and she saw her daughter do it to her brother, which she forbid, police said. 

The mom said she spanked her daughter when she did it again. 

Hurley told the woman that it looked like she had lost her temper while disciplining her child and went too far. Officials allowed Khmorra's aunt to take the children for multiple days as part of a safety plan. 

Hurley told her there would be an investigation and criminal charges potentially could be filed. 

"Although I felt the discipline was very excessive, I didn't think it rose to the level of serious physical harm," Hurley wrote. "I made clear to her that that could change once the doctors examined her daughter."

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Missing Florida teen considered in danger, may be with man she met on Facebook

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger.

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Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook.

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She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green shirt and black jeans, and carrying a purple duffel bag. 

She has blonde/brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 to 140 pounds. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-423-TIPS. 

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Deputies: Naked, bloody man is suspect in Jefferson Twp. hammer attack

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 10:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.

A man was taken into custody tonight after employees at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp. reported a naked, bloody man was trespassing.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:30 p.m. to Clean Water Ltd., 300 Cherokee Drive, and determined the trespasser was the suspect in an earlier felonious assault in the township. Deputies with the assistance of Trotwood and Dayton police searched the complex and were able to find him. They took the suspect into custody without incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded around 6:15 p.m. to an assault in the 20 block of South Northampton Avenue after one person hit another in the head with a hammer, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect -- later identified as the man trespassing at the wastewater treatment  plant -- fled and the victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The names of the suspect arrested and the victim were not released.

Deputies said the incidents remain under investigation.

FIRST REPORT

One person was taken into custody tonight after a report of a bloody and naked man at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp.

The incident was reported around 7:30 p.m. at Clean Water Ltd, 300 Cherokee Drive, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. 

It's not clear why the man was bloody and nude, nor why he showed up at the business. 

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies took one person from the scene to the county jail. 

We are working to learn more about the incident.

Police seek robber who held up Chase Bank in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

A masked man held up a Chase Bank branch Friday morning in Dayton.

The suspect demanded tellers to empty several money drawers before he fled through the front entrance of the bank, 1078 Patterson Road, according to a Dayton police report.

The suspect is described as a man with an athletic build standing 5 feet 10 inches. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black gloves and a mask, the report stated.

He was last seen running towards apartment buildings behind the bank and may have fled in a vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley CrimeStoppers, 937-222-STOP (7867).

OSP: Man crashes into Middletown police cruiser, admits drug abuse

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 9:03 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

A driver who admitted to law enforcement he was impaired while driving struck a Middletown Division of Police cruiser Saturday morning, June 24, 2017, which forced the cruiser to strike a pickup truck in Middletown. FACEBOOK
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UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.

The Middletown Division of Police used social media today to say all of Middletown needs to take a stand against opioid abuse after an impaired driver crashed into a cruiser this morning. The officers in the cruiser were on their way to a report of an overdose when the crash happened.

“Very definition of ironic. Thankful our two officers made it out safely after being hit by a person suspected of opioid abuse while en route to an overdose call early this morning,” police posted to its Facebook page.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lebanon Post Sgt. Tom Bloomberg said charges likely will be filed Monday in Middletown against a man who admitted to being under the influence of drugs when he crashed into a Middletown Division of Police cruiser early this morning. 

Adam Danner, of Middletown, allegedly ran a red light around 4:20 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard and struck the cruiser. The cruiser then careened into opposing traffic and struck a southbound pickup truck.

“There are going to be charges,” Bloomberg said. “There will definitely be OVI because he admitted to being impaired and obviously showed signs of impairment.” 

Officers and the truck driver were treated by medics at the scene. Danner was taken to a Middletown hospital for treatment of injuries. As of this afternoon, Atrium Medical Center no longer has Danner listed as a patient.

EARLIER

A Middletown man is believed to have been on drugs when he crashed into Middletown Division of Police cruiser in a three-vehicle crash this morning. 

The crash occurred around 4:20 a.m. when the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Adam Danner ran a red light at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard and struck the cruiser.

According to a release from the highway patrol’s Hamilton Post, the impact sent the cruiser into the opposite lane of traffic and into a southbound truck. 

The two officers in the cruiser and the pickup truck driver were treated at the scene. Danner was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown with minor injuries. 

Deputies said while in the hospital, Danner admitted to using drugs before driving.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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