Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 5:13 PM
By: Chris Stewart - Staff Writer
DAYTON — Police have yet to find a second suspect believed to be in a car that fled officers and hurtled into a Dayton house Wednesday night, resulting in the deaths of a 7-year-old and his mother.
Maria Davis, 39, was pronounced dead in the house while her son Jerome was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital where he later died, according to officials.
Kesean W. Parks, 24, was taken into custody near the house at 803 Lilac Ave. after a short foot chase after the crash, said Dayton Police spokeswoman Cara Zinski-Neace.
The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday approved concealed weapons and aggravated drug possession charges for Parks, who has not yet appeared in court and remains in custody at the Montgomery County Jail.
It remains unclear to investigators if Parks was the driver or an occupant of a black Nissan Maxima an officer spotted a little before 11 p.m. Wednesday on Hoover Avenue and watched turn into a driveway, according to police.
When the officer turned a spotlight on the car, the driver accelerated out of the drive and down the street, according police who say no pursuit was initiated by the officer.
About four blocks away, a driver barreled down Kammer Avenue, past a stop sign at a T-intersection and crashed into the Davis’ house.
“We need an ambulance right now,” a 911 caller told a dispatcher.
Another juvenile related to the victims in the house walked out without serious physical injury, according to police.
Jerome Davis attended first grade at Edison PreK-6 School, said Marsha Bonhart, Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman.
A crisis team was available Thursday to support students and teachers at Edison School, Bonhart said. The team was back Friday working with Edison’s staff to implement a financial fund to assist the family, she said.
Davis and her sons were burned out of another house just six months ago, a relative said.
“They lost everything in that,” Delores Woodall, a second cousin. “And now this happens.”
Family friend Michael Gearheart said Maria Davis always had a smile and big heart.
“She always kept an open door for us,” he said. “No matter where we came from or what we’d been through she always loved us.”