Young siblings shot in head die from injuries, mother facing charges

Claudena Helton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The two children who police say were shot by their mother Thursday, died Sunday evening at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The eight and six-year-old siblings were brought to Dayton Children’s Hospital with gunshot wounds to the head Thursday.

Police say their mother, 30-year-old Claudena Helton, pulled the trigger. Neighbors told us they saw her walking around without clothes and looking confused.

The young victims have been identified as 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden. An 11-year-old girl was also home at the time of the shooting. Police say she’s okay and was placed elsewhere.

Helton has been charged with child endangerment in the past, Neighbors say they are heartbroken and shocked.

Helton is scheduled to make her first court appearance Monday on two counts of attempted murder, but that could change now that the children have died.

She remains in the Montgomery County Jail. 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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