Family holds vigil for 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Family and friends of 2-year-old Brayden Ferguson held a vigil for him Wednesday night at Eastwood Park in Dayton.

Authorities say Ferguson is a victim of child abuse and died from his injuries on Tuesday at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

22-year-old Ryan Lucas St. John is the suspect in this case and in Montgomery County Jail. He’s also the boyfriend of Brayden’s mother.

2 NEWS spoke with Brayden’s grandmother, Victoria Bittner who says she wants everyone who knows of a child being abused to get help.

“He’s a very well loved and liked child,” Bittner said, “Brayden loved the water he loved the pools, the bathtub he just loved water.”

More than a hundred people gathered near the lake at the park to remember the young boy.

“Speak out, tell somebody, get help before it’s too late. I didn’t suspect child abuse, I wish I would have,” she said.

According to Libby Nicholson, the director of Care House, a children’s advocacy center in Dayton that responds to abuse concerns, there are signs to be aware of.

Like injuries on a child that aren’t easily explained or are in unusual areas you can also tell by his or her behavior.

“If a child becomes clingy and doesn’t want to leave one caregiver or seems fearful of being left with somebody they should have fear of being left with,” Nicholson said. 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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