Mother accused of killing 2 children arraigned on murder charges

Claudena Helton mugshot/Montgomery County Jail

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The woman accused of killing two of her children was arraigned on Thursday morning.

Claudena Helton is facing two counts of aggravated murder with firearm specifications, which makes her eligible to face the death penalty. A grand jury indicted Helton on those charges on Tuesday.

A judge continued Helton’s bond at $1 million.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. says 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.

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.”

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 three days after being shot.

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

Helton’s next court date is set for June 15th. 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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