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Neighbors heartbroken over 2-month-old boy’s death

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Dayton 2-month-old found dead in home

In what appears to be a tragic accident, a Dayton family is grieving the loss of a 2-month-old boy.

“To hear something like that is real said,” said D.J. Hopgood. He knew something was wrong Saturday morning after he looked out the window of his Bowen Street home.

“Looked outside and I see about two to three cruisers up the street, which is kind of odd for this neighborhood,” he said.

Police and medics rushed to a home in the 600 block of Bowen Street around 8:30 a.m.; the baby’s grandmother called 911 immediately after she found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. by Dayton medics. His body was then taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where his cause of death is pending.

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“It’s a shame, it’s a big surprise,” said another neighbor, Todd Pedicord. As a father, he said it’s difficult to hear that news from just up the street.

“It’s terrible. I can’t Imagine what the parents are going through,” he said.

The baby’s mother told police when she returned home from work at midnight, Silas already was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. She checked him at 3 a.m., and he was fine. But when Silas’ grandmother got up to check on him at 8:30 a.m., she found him on his belly. She rolled him over, but he was cold to the touch, according to a Dayton police report.

The infant’s mother and grandmother said he had no illnesses or known health issues.

An investigator with the coroner’s office said an autopsy has not been performed, and that a preliminary cause of death was not available.

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Investigators raid Moraine property, take 1 into custody

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Deputies are moving years of waste

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.:

A 23-year-old man was arrested this afternoon during a raid at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike. 

Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. 


Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.


A large number of law enforcement officers have been at a Germantown Pike property all day.


Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, SWAT and RANGE task force members have been at the home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods.

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One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.

Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods, and neighbors say they want to know what they’re looking for.

“My stepdad actually asked what was going on and they said that they found a bunch of stuff, and that was it,” neighbor Marissa Jacobs said.

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“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”

Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.

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Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.

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Police: Texas deputy repeatedly sexually assaulted 4-year-old, threatened mother with deportation

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

Texas Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old, Threatens Mother with Deportation if she Speaks Out

A Bexar County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested on a felony charge of super aggravated sexual assault Sunday after a 4-year-old girl’s mother was blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse, according to police. The victim’s mother is an undocumented immigrant and was threatened with deportation if she spoke out.

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KENS reported that department officials arrested detention Deputy Jose Nunez, 47, after the victim told her mother about the abuse Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference Sunday that the mother went to a local fire station and Nunez was arrested. 

"The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time," Salazar said, adding that Nunez had physical contact with the victim and there was "at least some indication of minor injury."

"We have reason to believe that this goes back at least several months, possibly a couple of  several years," Salazar said.

Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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Harrison Twp. man accused of seriously injuring newborn son

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:01 PM

Hopeton M. Taylor

A 22-year-old Harrison Twp. man is accused of seriously injuring his newborn son earlier this month.

Hopeton M. Taylor was indicted today for felonious assault and two counts of endangering children, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Taylor’s 8-month-old son was brought to Dayton Children’s Hospital June 6, when he was unresponsive and suffering from multiple skull fractures and other serious injuries.

Prosecutors said Taylor was home alone with the newborn when he was injured; when the baby’s mother returned home, she found him unresponsive and took him to the hospital.

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Taylor has been in the Montgomery County Jail since his June 8 arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Springfield police seek public’s help in deadly shooting outside Wagon Wheel bar

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Fatal shooting at the Wagon Wheel in Springfield

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. (June 18): Police are asking the public for help to track down a suspect or suspects in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside the Wagon Wheel.

Police so far have confirmed that someone pulled out a gun during an altercation outside the business, 1005 S. Burnett Road, that left one person dead and two people wounded. Police were dispatched sometime after 2 a.m. on a report of shots fired.

Jahream Daemond Beard, 35, of Springfield, died at the scene. Police said they arrived to find a woman, identified as a registered nurse, administering CPR. 

A witness told police she saw a vehicle speed out of the parking lot and head south on South Burnett Road.

One of the other victims, identified as Demetrius Clay, 29, also of Springfield, told police he was shot in one of his legs as he ran to his car when he heard multiple gunshots from the parking lot.

He was able to get into the car of a friend, who took Clay to Springfield Regional Medical Center, police said. 

Clay told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.

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The third victim, identified as Deric Hunt, 20, also of Springfield, told police he was leaving the bar when he saw a large group of females arguing and getting physical with each other.

Hunt said he then heard multiple gunshots, grabbed his mother and sister, and they all ran to a vehicle. He said one of the slugs hit him in his leg as he was running. His mother drove them to the hospital.

Hunt also told police he did not see who was shooting or where the shots came from.

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A Springfield police officer tries to console an emotional female outside of Wagon Wheel bar after fatal shooting.(MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF)

Clay and Hunt’s injuries were non-life threatening, police said.

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Police division homicide investigators said they are aware there were several individuals at the business during the shooting. Those witnesses, along with anyone who may have information about the shooting, are asked to contact police at 937-324-7685. 

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