Harris found guilty of using murdered woman’s debit card

Tonisha Harris walks out of court (Photo WDTN/Beairshelle Edme')

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The woman connected to the murder of a Dayton mother and the disappearance of her son pleaded no contest to the charges against her.

Tonisha Harris was found guilty in a Montgomery County courtroom Thursday morning.

She was charged with six counts of receiving stolen property, a count of theft and a count of misusing a debit card.

Investigators said that card belonged to Nichelle McKnight.

2NEWS has learned that officials have Harris on camera using those cards at several local Walmarts, a Walgreens, and two bank ATMs.

Tonisha Harris
Tonisha Harris

McKnight was found dead in April, but her son, 4-year-old Zaden, is still missing.

Police believe Harris and McKnight were both having a relationship with the same man, Antwan Anderson.

Anderson is the man police believe killed McKnight. He killed himself in April before police could question him.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé did reach out to McKnight’s mother, Michelle McKnight who was in court.

She declined to comment on camera, but says she’s hopeful.

As of Thursday, the four-year-old, who would have turned 5 this summer, remains missing and his family and organizers of recent searches want closure.

“At the end of the day, we just want answers. We want to know where Zaden is. The main thing is about a child. We aren’t here to play judge, jury, prosecutor– that’s not our role. We are just here to make sure that Zaden comes home,” said team organizer Victoria Moore.

The organizers, known as Team Zaden, have cut back on their searches.

They’ve partnered with Texas Equusearch, a national search organization; organizers say they will support the family no matter the outcome.

Harris is out of jail on bond.  She is scheduled to be sentenced August 14 at 9:30a.m. in the Common Pleas Court.


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