Updated charges approved against suspect in death of 2-year-old boy

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Updated charges have been approved against the suspect in the death of a 2-year-old boy.

Ryan Lucas St. John, 21, is due in court at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. Prosecutors say he will be charged with two counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of felonious assault and two counts of child endangering.

Ryan Lucas St. John
Ryan Lucas St. John

Dayton Police arrested St. John for the death of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson.

Court documents show St. John was alone with Brayden for two hours before his mother came home. The documents said Brayden’s mother, Kelsie Martin, 22, told detectives Brayden appeared to be daydreaming when she returned from errands on February 13. The mother then got in the shower and we she got out, Brayden was not breathing.

Brayden was then taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital where police were called.

The court documents show St. John left the hospital before police arrived and “refused to return.”

Martin told 2 NEWS St. John was investigated in 2015 following an alleged incident of abuse involving her son. The case was still open with Montgomery County Children Services at the time of his death.

Martin said, “All I can say is there will be justice for Brayden.”

The father of the man in custody, Bryan St. John told 2 NEWS, “I love my son very much, but he needs to be held accountable, if he did this.”

2 NEWS will continue to follow this story and keep you updated as we learn more.

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