Crime And Law

Dayton man pleads not guilty in shooting death of LaShonda Childs

DAYTON — UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (Oct. 16):

A Dayton man accused of killing 17-year-old LaShonda Childs pleaded not guilty to charges Tuesday.

The judge set Trendell Goodwin's bond at $1 million.
If Goodwin posts bond, he would have an electronic ankle monitor.

The 28-year-old is facing murder, felonious assault and discharge of a firearm charges.


A 28-year-old Dayton man faces murder and weapons charges in the Oct. 2 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old LaShonda Childs.

RELATED: Dayton man pleads not guilty in LaShonda Childs’ death

Trendell Lamont Goodwin was indicted Thursday on two counts of murder, three counts of felonious assault and two counts of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report. All of the charges are felonies, and each carries a three-year firearm specification.

Goodwin, who is held on $1 million bond in the Montgomery County Jail, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Goodwin got into an argument with Childs and her boyfriend on Mumma Avenue in Dayton when prosecutors say Goodwin pulled out a gun.

Childs called 911, and she and her boyfriend got into their car and were trying to drive away when Goodwin allegedly fired into the vehicle. Childs was struck in the head and her boyfriend drove her directly to Grandview Medical Center, where she died Oct. 3 of her injuries.

“This 17‐year‐old victim had posted multiple times on social media about how scared she was of this defendant.” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr stated in a release. “She even posted, ‘Domestic violence is real.’ Sadly, the defendant killed her. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic or dating  violence, please, please, please get help and call 9‐1‐1. My office’s Victim/Witness Division offers a 24‐hour Hotline (937‐225‐5623) to assist in getting victims the help and safety they need.”


Kettering woman accused shooter assaulted her

Dayton shooting victim’s death ‘devastating’ for family

Victim of domestic violence? Here’s how to seek help

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to