Man wanted in 3-year-old’s murder arrested in Dayton

Demetrius Covington (Montgomery County Jail).
Demetrius Covington (Montgomery County Jail).


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN/WKRN) –  A 28-year-old man who was added to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted List in the death of a toddler was arrested in Dayton Wednesday night.

Demetrius Covington (Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Demetrius Covington (Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Demetrius Covington—aka Demetrius Somerville—is accused of killing his three-year-old step-son, Ja’Kari Phillips, in Tennessee.

Covington was arrested in the 200 block of Central Avenue in Dayton with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

“Being that it’s the holidays, that makes it important that we do get this subject off the street,” said Dayton Police Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman. “With the seriousness of this crime, it could have been a heightened situation. But the crews acted responsibly. They acted with great resistance and they used their tactics and brought this peaceful conclusion again without the use of gunfire and without the use of anybody getting hurt.”

Covington is reportedly a known ‘Bloods’ gang member, according to our affiliate WKRN.

Ja'Kari Phillips (Courtesy WCYB)
Ja’Kari Phillips (Courtesy WCYB)

Covington faces first-degree murder charges from the Elizabethton Police Department.

Tennessee investigators said Covington hadn’t been seen since Friday after calling the child’s mother at work to say the boy was injured. The mother came home and decided to take her son to the hospital. While en route, the child’s condition worsened and she called 911.

Authorities say the child was hospitalized in critical condition and had numerous injuries. He died Tuesday.

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