Dayton father of 27 speaks: ‘I know of people who have even more than me’

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 11:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 4:10 PM

            Dayton father of 27 speaks: ‘I know of people who have even more than me’

The Dayton man in the spotlight locally since his appearance on “Divorce Court” aired Friday had a one word answer when asked how one man could have 27 children.

“Sex,” Nathaniel J. Smith responded Monday.

The answer came just hours after Smith was released from the Montgomery County Jail on a failure to appear charge related to a child support case.

Read: Dayton father of 27 jailed for failure to appear

Smith said he was unaware of the court appearance for which he was arrested Sunday morning.

The 39-year-old father of 12 sons and 15 daughters by 17 women said he didn’t think about his children’s best interest when he was procreating.

“How I lived is wrong. I will admit everything, but I am not going to keep kicking myself in the (butt) everyday. All I can do right now is be the best father for them I can be and that is that. Whoever can’t accept that, you know, Oh well.”

Dayton man: “I’ve got 12 sons and 15 daughters. I have 27 all together”

Smith, who hopes to get a reality show, said his estranged wife Jasmine Cotton has been contacted by two TV talk shows since the episode aired.

A poet and performer who goes by the stage names of Brave Nate, FlexLuthor and Hustle Simmons, Smith says he is a “full-time parent” and sees at least one or two of his children nearly everyday. Some do not received all the attention they need, but Smith says he does his best.

“If I am absent, it is because the moms (are) keeping them away,” Smith said. “I am not a danger to my kids. I am not in the streets. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do none of that.”

The show Smith and Cotton appeared on was taped in June. Smith said he contacted the show hoping it could help with his divorce. Instead, the show compensated he and Cotton $570 each and paid for their flights to the taping and their hotel rooms.

Smith faced strong words from TV judge Lynn Toler. He denied preying on young women, which Cotton and Toler accused him of doing.

His wife is 23. Smith said the majority of his children’s mothers are at least 28 years old.

He said he has custody of two of the children and is currently trying to get custody of another. All said he says he is in contact with all but five of his children and has 21 child support orders.

Smith wouldn’t reveal how much money he owes in child support or say how much he pays monthly.

He said those amounts are of no one’s concern.

Child support information is not available for public inspection.

Smith said many people in Dayton knew he fathered several children before the show aired.

“With me, it really wasn’t a big deal because I know of people who have even more than me,” he said. “The difference is I take care of mine or at least attempt to.”

He said he personally knows two people with as many children as he has and one person with 40 children. He said his attorney told him of two fathers with more than 60 and more than 70 children.

Smith’s oldest child is 21 years old and is a mother. His youngest is almost a year old.

He knew his Divorce Court appearance would create a splash, but he didn’t know the reactions would be so condemning, smith said.

“To judge me? I read somethings on the website that were like, “wow.” People say I need to be in jail. If I were to go to jail, what about my kids …, what about them?” the Patterson Co-Op High School graduate asked. “People are going to be people. They get someone who has abortions all the time and they give them the thumbs up.”

He said he would be alarmed if one of his daughters introduced him to a boyfriend with several children, but he said he wouldn’t judge the person without getting to know that person’s intentions.

Smith said he has always been popular and his personality has helped attract the opposite sex.

“I am no different from a football player in college or high school,” he said. “They are coming at you.”

Before losing his barbershop a decade ago and his barber license around 2006, Smith said he had plenty of money. In recent years, his children’s mothers have contributed more.

“They had to step up. Nobody is missing a beat. I don’t have no poor looking kids,” Smith said. “I am blessed is all I’ve got to say. If I was to die today, doesn’t mean they are going to go without. Everything is going to be fine whether I am in their lives or not.”

He said he loves his children and would not change a thing if making that change would mean a single one would not be born.

“What is done is done,” he said. “One thing I would change is different moms.”

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Suspect in 2016 Harrison Twp. homicide arrested for a second time

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 8:18 PM

Suspect in 2016 Harrison Twp. homicide arrested for a second time

DAYTON -- Police descended upon a house in the 400 block of North Orchard Avenue about 5:30 p.m. to make an arrest in a 2016 Harrison Twp. homicide.

Deandre Dixon, 26, was taken into custody and booked into the Montgomery County Jail, Dayton Sgt. John Riegel said. 

This is the second time Dixon has been arrested in connection with the Dec. 2 shooting death of 42-year-old Gregory Moses, of Harrison Twp. 

Riegel declined to say what led police and homicide detectives to the Dayton address. 

Dixon was arrested and later released in connection with the slaying of Moses, who was found shot to death at an apartment in the 3700 block of Haney Road. 

According to the 9-1-1 call, a friend who had gone to the residence for a planned night out found Moses' body. The friend told the dispatcher that Moses was just inside the doorway. There was a bullet hole in the screen door. 

Detectives later identified Dixon as a potential suspect. He was taken into custody Dec. 3 in the area of North Woodward Avenue and North James H. McGee Boulevard. 

Dixon was booked into Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder and a weapons violation. Those charges were cleared by request of detectives, according to online jail records.

Pop-up showers this evening, record-breaking warmth ahead

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 PM


  • Mild, pop-up showers this evening
  • Record breaking warmth likely Friday
  • Storms to bring threat of damaging winds Friday evening

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Mostly cloudy skies and unseasonably mild temperatures in the 60s will stick around through the evening, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. There is a chance for a pop-up shower or even a rumble of thunder, mainly north of Interstate 70 early.

OVERNIGHT: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a chance for a shower or storm early, mainly north. Temperatures will remain unseasonably mild overnight, only dropping into the middle 50s by morning.

FRIDAY: Skies will start out partly sunny with gusty winds developing through the day. Wind gusts over 35 mph will be possible by afternoon. Temperatures will soar to record highs, reaching into the lower 70s. A line of strong to severe storms is expected to move in by dark, sweeping across the area through the first half of Friday night. 


Damaging winds will be the primary threat. Hail also will  be possible along with an isolated threat of a tornado.


SATURDAY: Gusty winds will continue through the day, up to 40 mph at times. Much colder air will filter in with temperatures dropping from the 40s into the 30s by afternoon. A few light rain or snow showers / flurries will be possible through the day.

SUNDAY: Skies will be partly sunny with seasonable temperatures in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Expect a chance for a wintry mix early in the morning changing to scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will reach into the upper 40s.

TUESDAY: Scattered showers will be likely with highs milder, in the middle 50s.


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Severe weather threat Friday in Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:37 PM

By Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist

Temperatures topped records across much of the region Thursday, including in Dayton where the temperature reached 70 degrees late in the afternoon.

This broke the old record of 68 degrees set in 1985. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 70s on Friday when an all-time February high temperature of 73 degrees could be broken. But the spring-like temperatures will fuel spring-like storms late in the evening.  

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The Storm Prediction Center has all of the Miami Valley under an "enhanced risk" for severe storms for Friday. The storms likely will arrive after dark Friday and linger into the late night hours.

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Damaging wind will be the primary concern with these storms. But we can't rule out some large hail, and even an isolated tornado as the storms arrive early in the evening. Residents should be “weather aware” and ready to take precautions as the storms move in. Because they come after dark, it will be even more difficult to see what is coming.

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The storms shouldn't last long once they arrive, but gusty winds of up to 40 mph will likely linger into Saturday as temperatures drop through the 40s.

Dayton man is arrested in Tennessee on fugitive warrant

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:43 PM

Dayton man is arrested in Tennessee on fugitive warrant

A Dayton man, wanted as a fugitive by authorities in Fayette County, Washington Court House, is in a Tennessee jail after U.S. Marshals led police to him Thursday.

KingRobert Dillard, who has a history of drug-related convictions going back to January 2014, was nabbed in Murfreesboro, Tenn., behind a barber shop, reported.

The police department there had been working with information from the marshals service that Dillard was in the city of Murfreesboro.

His arrest was not without tension, according to the radio station. 

As police were patting down Dillard, several acquaintances of his began to move in on police. One of Dillard's acquaintances was videotaping officers as they questioned Dillard, according to the police incident report. 

The subjects had to be told multiple times to move back, officers wrote in their report. 

Officers found a bag of crystal meth and a bag of heroin at the scene, according to the report, which also reveals that Dillard later admitted the drugs were his and that he sells drugs to support his habits.

The same report revealed he admitted buying drugs from one of the men present when police arrived to arrest him. 

Police also seized three cellphones and more than $1,500 in cash from Dillard. 

He was taken to the Adult Detention Center and charged with two counts of felony possession of a schedule-two drug with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a fugitive from justice.

As well, he's also on a felony fugitive hold out of Fayette County, Ohio, according to a jailer at the Rutherford County Jail. 

Dillard will be extradited to Ohio, but he first has to deal with the drug charges filed in Murfreesboro. He is to be in court on those charges Feb. 28. 

The Ohio charges stem from his arrest in Nov. 11, 2016, in Fayette County on charges of illegal conveyance of drugs, drug possession (heroin) and aggravated drug possession.