Centerville father charged with attempted murder of his 2 children


A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Centerville father Ray Eades, 30, with two counts of attempted aggravated murder involving his two children, ages 8 and 6.

Eades is charged with:

  • 2 counts of attempted murder
  • 2 counts of aggravated arson
  • 2 counts of endangering children
  • 2 counts of attempt to commit aggravated murder
  • 2 counts of attempted aggravated murder

Eades is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 9 on the charges.


A Centerville man allegedly attempted to kill his two children in a fire he set Sunday, court records show.

Ray Eades, 30, has been charged with two counts each of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor according to court records.

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Officer John Davis said that at approximately 10:11 p.m. on Sunday, police went to a residence on Bradstreet Road to check on the welfare of two children.

Eades answered the door and refused to cooperate with officers inside of the locked residence, Davis said. He was taken into custody and the children, ages 6 and 8, were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

“The investigation revealed that (Eades) used prior calculation prior to setting the fire,” Centerville police said in court records.

In addition, court records showed Eades also made threats to kill himself and the children, drugging the children, disabling the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and barricading the house.

Davis said, “There was no structure fire. Eades ignited an article inside the home that was removed and extinguished by the Washington Twp. Fire Department.”

Eades was arrested Thursday at Miami Valley Hospital and taken to the Montgomery County Jail.

His bond is set at $600,000 and if he posts bond he will have to wear an electronic home detention device.

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