DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Children Services Division released a statement Friday about the shooting of two children in Dayton.
Montgomery County’s Children Services Division is truly disturbed by the unimaginable tragedy that occurred yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with this entire family, and very clearly the young children who were the victims of this violent act.
This event may cause someone to think twice about a family that may need help, a child who shows signs of abuse or neglect, or seems withdrawn; or maybe an adult who shows a need for intervention or parenting assistance. We encourage you to call us at 937-224-KIDS (5437) if you see any potential signs of child abuse or neglect. As with information about any ongoing investigations or cases, your calls are confidential and may not be discussed publicly.
Dayton Police held a news conference about the two children who were shot in a neighborhood Thursday.
Chief of Dayton Police Richard Biehl said Thursday the two children that were shot, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, are still at Dayton Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Both children were shot in the head and are in critical condition, according to Chief Biehl.
Biehl said the person of interest is the mother of the children and the case is still under investigation and charges are pending. Chief Biehl said he would not release the name of the mother until the case is presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
2 NEWS has learned, however, the woman is 30-year-old Claudena Helton. Helton has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail on two counts of felonious assault. Formal charges are expected after the case is presented to prosecutors.
Biehl said investigators suspect a mental health issue contributed to the incident. He said the shooting occurred inside the home and the gun used was found in the house as well.
A third child, an 11-year-old girl was also in the home and was not injured. She is now in a safe place, according to police.
Dayton Police Major Eric Henderson told reporters Thursday a 911 call came in around 10:00 a.m. Thursday saying people were performing life-saving measures on two children. When police arrived in the 3800 block of Lori Sue Avenue they found two children had been shot and were found in the front yard of the home.
Henderson would not confirm the ages of the children but did say both children are under the age of 10.
If you missed the statement from Major Henderson you can watch it here:
The two children were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital and their condition is unknown at this time.
A nearby school was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes but Detectives stress the school was not involved in this incident.
Henderson said Thursday Detectives are on scene and investigators are talking with one person who was at the house when the shooting occurred but no arrests have yet been made.
According to the 911 call, a 7-year-old boy was shot in the 3800 block of Lori Sue Ave. in Dayton Thursday morning. That call is below. Some of the content in this 911 call can be disturbing.
Police dispatch confirmed a child under age 9 was shot. We are working to learn the condition of the child who was shot.
The shooting location is within 0.1 miles of Rosa Parks School. We reached out to Dayton Public Schools. They tell us the school was put on lockdown for a short time, as requested by the Dayton Police Department. The lockdown has been lifted and normal school activity has resumed.
This is a developing story, and we will post new information to this story as we get it.