No foul play suspected in death of infant at homeless shelter

The father is now in the Montgomery County jail but it is unclear if it is related to the death of the child

Dead child found at St. Vincent's Homeless Shelter in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Fred Taylor)

DAYTON (WDTN) – Officials are investigating the death of 15-week-old Jeremiah Hammond who was found dead at a Dayton homeless shelter early Thursday morning.

The Montgomery County Regional Crime Lab confirmed Friday they do not suspect foul play in the infant’s death. Final results from the autopsy perfomred Thursday will take four to six weeks to complete.

The first call came into 911 around 5:30 a.m Thursday reporting a dead child at the St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter in the 100 block of West Apple Street in Dayton.

In minutes, multiple police officers were on scene. An official with the Montgomery Country Coroner’s Office carried the infant from the shelter.

“One of my roommates was getting ready for work as I was laying down.” Shelter guest Fallon Taylor said. “I just woke up to her screaming and crying talking about the baby died.”

Taylor says she and her roommate were just a room over from where the mother was staying.

“She said one of the twins they died,” Taylor said. “The mom had went to go change the baby, but the baby had passed.”

At the scene, police interviewed both the mother and the father. At one point, the baby’s father refused to cooperate with police according to reports.

Officers say the boy’s father Patrick Wilkerson punched an officer in the lip. The officer used his stun gun, and Wilkerson was taken into custody.

Patrick Wilkerson was arrested at St. Vincent DePaul Thursday. (Photo: Montgomery County jail)
Patrick Wilkerson was arrested at St. Vincent DePaul Thursday. (Photo: Montgomery County jail

According to jail records, Wilkerson is being held on charges including felony assault of a police officer, misconduct at an emergency, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. Jail records show Wilkerson is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

St. Vincent de Paul posted a statement on their Facebook and Twitter accounts Thursday.

At this time, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is not releasing the child’s cause of death.

In statement released late Thursday from Dayton Police, they say, “Dayton Police detectives are in the early stages of investigating this case which includes conducting interviews, speaking to witnesses and analyzing evidence. 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.

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