Dayton mom accused of shooting kids charged with attempted murder

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

Police talking with one adult, have not announced arrests.

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.

First report:

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.

Claudena Helton, 30, has been booked into Montgomery County Jail on two counts of felonious assault for allegedly shooting two of her children, police said. Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail

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 six-year-old male and an eight-year-old female are in critical condition.

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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Springboro boy sentenced in drug case involving teacher mother

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

A Springboro boy was sentenced for selling LSD to classmates in a case also involving his mother, a local teacher.

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: A Springboro boy was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the Warren County Detention Center, ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program and placed on probation for drug charges in a case also involving his mother, a teacher in the Springboro Schools.

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The boy was led out of the courtroom to begin his detention. He was given credit for 15 days already served.

Judge Joe Kirby also fined the boy $250 and ordered him to remain on probation, possibly until he turns 21.

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Prior to sentencing, the teen pleaded no contest to the charges against him, and Kirby found him delinquent.

EARLIER: The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced this morning in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

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Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.

2 dead after shooting at Penn State Beaver campus

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:26 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:26 PM

Penn State Beaver campus in Center Township, Pa.
Penn State Beaver 
Penn State Beaver campus in Center Township, Pa.(Penn State Beaver )

Two people died Wednesday afternoon in a shooting at Penn State’s Beaver campus in what police described as a domestic situation, WPXI confirmed.

Man accused of shooting at Trotwood officers withdraws insanity plea

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:54 PM


            William Gibson’s attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Gibson is accused of shooting at Trotwood police officers during an October incident. MARK GOKAVI/Staff
William Gibson’s attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Gibson is accused of shooting at Trotwood police officers during an October incident. MARK GOKAVI/Staff

The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has been ruled competent to stand trial and his attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins said Wednesday that the forensic evaluations of William D. Gibson’s mental condition indicated Gibson was not insane during his alleged crimes and that he is fit to stand trial.

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Defense attorney Michael Pentecost told Adkins he would withdraw the NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) plea and go forward with a not guilty plea. A suppression hearing was scheduled for next month.

Pentecost had filed motions last month for a mental competency evaluation and to plead NGRI. Adkins said those reports were finished Dec. 7 and provided to counsel.

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Gibson, 42 — being held in Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond — was indicted on 10 counts of felonious assault against a peace officer, six counts of having weapons while under disability and five counts of discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises.

At about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Gibson called 911 to say his wife accidentally shot herself in the leg. When police arrived and started treating his wife outside the residence, police said Gibson told them they had one minute to leave or he would start shooting.

RELATED: Trotwood active shooter standoff ends peacefully after 2½ hours

Gibson fired a shot inside the residence at 4645 Wolf Creek Pike, according to Trotwood police Chief Eric Wilson, who said his officers then felt they were being targeted in what officials said was an active shooter situation..

Numerous agencies including multiple SWAT groups and the Dayton Bomb Squad responded after Trotwood officers dropped a “99” signal for additional assistance.

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Miami Valley Hospital nurse reports assault by patient

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

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A Miami Valley Hospital nurse said Tuesday she was assaulted by a patient in the medical center’s bariatric ward, according to a Dayton police report.

The 59-year-old male suspect was told by police he would receive a summons for assault. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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“The incident involving one of our nurses has been turned over to the Dayton Police Department,” said Sharon Howard, the hospital spokeswoman, in a statement. “Any and all further action will occur as a result of their (DPD) internal processes.”

The nurse told police she entered the room to check on the patient and discovered him on the floor of the room with his left arm still secured to the bed by a restraint a previous nurse applied to him, according to the report.

Additional hospital staff entered the room and, in an attempt to place the patient back into bed, released the arm restraint, according to the report.

The nurse told police that the patient “reached up, grabbed the bottom front of her shirt and pulled her down on top of him,” according to the report.

Other staff then freed the nurse from the patient, who the nurse said appeared ready to strike her or pull her hair, according to the report. The staff then placed the patient in a four-point restraint.

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The nurse told police that prior to the incident the suspect said that “he better be released today or he’s gonna do something bad,” according to the report. She also told police that the patient had assaulted a doctor a day prior, but that the doctor did not wish to call police, according to the report.

The suspect told police that he wants to be released from the hospital and did not wish to be there anymore.