A community reacts after church pastor is accused of killing toddler

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton pastor accused of killing a toddler is behind bars. Torace Weaver was the 2-year-old boy’s foster parent.

37-year-old Torace Weaver is being held at the Montgomery County Jail. Before his arrest, prosecutors say he was the pastor of the King of Glory Ministries in Dayton. That’s where we spoke with people who say shortly after 2-year-old Stanley Thomas’s death rumors starting spreading about the pastor’s possible involvement.

“The only time I have ever been in the church was when they gave a Halloween Party for the kids in the neighborhood,” Cynthia Patterson said. “Which a lot of neighborhood kids went to and then in November I was told the preacher did something to a little boy.”

Cynthia Patterson is talking about 37-year-old Torace Weaver. Our cameras we’re rolling shortly after his arrest. Weaver didn’t have anything to say to our camera, but Patterson says she has questions.

“Now that I see on the news that he’s been indicted on the little boy’s murder,” Patterson said. “It makes me wonder what was really going on in that church.”

King of Glory Ministries Church is where 2-year-old Stanley Thomas stopped breathing according to the prosecutor’s office back in November 2015. At the time, doctors noted bruising, scars and a large burn to the child. His death was ruled a homicide.

Weaver–who was fostering the child–told authorities he had fallen from table. Friday, Weaver was indicted on 2 counts of murder, 2 counts of endangering children and reckless homicide, among other charges.

Patterson says she’s trying come to grips with what may have happened.

“It’s sad to see that a preacher would hurt a little boy like that,” Patterson said. “To be beat to death and to be a foster parent. Let’s not forget that. He was a foster parent.”



WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s