Prosecutor: Mother may face death penalty in shooting death of 2 children

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. said Tuesday the woman accused in the shooting death of two of her children is eligible to face the death penalty.

Heck said Helton was seen dragging 8-year-old Khmorra Helton out of the house on May 18 while neighbors tried to help 6-year-old Kaiden Helton, who was lying in the driveway. Both children were shot in the head.

Prosecutor Heck added, “This is a truly horrible, gut‐wrenching case. The death penalty is not something we ask for in many cases, but due to the facts and circumstances of these killings, the death penalty clearly applies. It was necessary to file this indictment with these charges and specifications today due to time constraints that, if waived by the defendant – which they were not – would have provided time to investigate any possible extraordinary circumstances. Most importantly, these charges and specifications were filed today in order to preserve the right to ensure justice for Kaiden and Khmorra.”

Claudena Helton, 30, is accused in the May shooting death of two of her children in Dayton. Helton pleaded not guilty last week to charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

Helton was indicted Tuesday by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of aggravated murder with firearms specifications to both counts which make Helton eligible for the death penalty.

The judge gave Helton a bond of $1 million.

According to a court affidavit obtained by 2 NEWS, Helton admitted to detectives she shot her two kids to save them from the evils of the world.

READ MORE: $1M bond for mother accused of shooting 2 children

Those children, 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden died Sunday evening after suffering gunshot wounds to the head on May 18th.

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

Helton will be arraigned on these charges June 1.

 

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