West Milton man charged with murder in death of 1-year-old

DAYTON — A West Milton man is being accused of killing a one-year-old boy in December.

Nathaniel Schmidt, 24, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Friday on murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and two counts endangering children.

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Schmidt was babysitting a 16-month-old boy in Dayton on December 12, 2022 when he called the child’s father and reported the boy wasn’t breathing, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.

The child’s father called 911 and the child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital where he died five days later on Dec. 17. His cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma.

News Center 7 previously spoke with the child’s mother after his death and she asked for justice for her son, Ryder.

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I just want what they deserve - justice, and I want justice for Ryder,” Chelcie Berrey told us in December.

Schmidt was previously indicted on gross sexual imposition in February after sexually explicit images were found on his phone during the investigation into Ryder’s death. The photos involved a 3-year-old, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Schmidt is booked in the Montgomery County Jail on a $75,000 bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Friday’s charges on March 21.