Kettering woman says LaShonda Childs’ accused shooter ‘beat me up’

KETTERING — A Dayton man arrested in the shooting death of LaShonda Childs was previously convicted of assault in Kettering in 2016, according to court records.

Trendell Goodwin was ordered to not contact the victim, who spoke to News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy and asked not to be named.

The woman said she was victimized by Goodwin years ago after they became friends.

Goodwin wanted a romantic relationship, according to the woman, but she did not.

“It was beyond a nightmare,” she said. “He followed me home to find out where I lived at. He beat me up.”

She also said that Goodwin would call her constantly and tried to hack her social media profile.

“He was trying to break into my Facebook,” she said. “Spreading rumors about over me all over Facebook.”

Childs’ mother, Nina Childs, said that Goodwin would repeatedly call LaShonda and her family.

“He would call you 70 times a day,” Nina said. “You would think your number was on speed dial. Re-dial.”

Nina also said that Goodwin would threaten LaShonda on Facebook.

“He had posted a lot of things on Facebook,” she said. “That he would kill her…that he would kill anyone that was with her.”

The woman in the Kettering case said that hearing LaShonda’s story brought back old memories and encouraged her to speak up.

“[LaShonda] doesn’t have a voice anymore, you know?” she said. “I want to try and step up and help as much as I can, to make sure that he serves the time that he deserves.”

LaShonda was shot in the head Tuesday afternoon. Her boyfriend rushed her to Grandview Medical Center, where LaShonda died early Wednesday morning.

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Goodwin was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with felonious assault.

Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence and needs help can reach out to Artemis Center at 937-461-5091, call their hotline at 937-461-HELP (4357) or visit www.artemiscenter.org.

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