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.”

 

 

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