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.

PHOTOS: Police respond to scene, neighbors react

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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Thief unwittingly leaves wallet, photo ID at crime scene

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

A thief unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General on 2312 N. Main St. in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

Dayton K-9 unit searching for armed robbery suspect

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.

Police continue to search for the suspect in a reported armed robbery at a Dayton Dollar General Saturday morning.

Dispatchers said police have yet to find a person matching the description of the suspect.

INITIAL REPORT

Dayton police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a South Gettysburg business at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Crews were dispatched to the Dollar General at 888 South Gettysburg Avenue around 9:12 on a reported armed robbery. 

Initial reports indicate a man in a black ball cap robbed the store and left on foot in an unknown direction. 

Dispatchers reported police are using a K-9 unit to search for the suspect in the area. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.

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Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Bombs, Ammo, School Maps Found In Florida Home, Man Arrested

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom. 

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation.

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During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported.

The weapons included the following:

  • An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip
  • A .308-caliber rifle
  • A .50-caliber pistol
  • A 12-gauge shotgun
  • Numerous other handguns
  • About 15 knives
  • A baseball bat with protruding nails in it 
  • A crossbow
  • Brass knuckles
  • A container of gunpowder
  • More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Three incendiary devices
  • A homemade silencer
  • Tactical vests

Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered.

In this undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake.(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP/AP)

Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them.

Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.

Dayton thief drops T-bone steaks down his shorts

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

Police are searching for a man who dropped three T-bone steaks down his shorts.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Friday to Groceryland, 1451 Troy St. in Dayton to a report of a theft.

The store manager told police he was walking down the meat aisle when he became suspicious by the behavior of a man talking to another customer. The manager later saw the man run out the front entrance. He ran after him, but lost sight of him after he went behind the store, according to a Dayton police report.

The manager showed police surveillance video footage, which shows the thief grab three T-bone steaks, which each cost between $10 and $20. Then, in a different aisle, the suspect places the steaks down his shorts, the report stated.

No arrests have been made.