Police: Dayton mom shot kids to save them from the "evils of the world"

Claudena Helton is behind bars after police say she shot two of her children in the head (Photo: Montgomery Co. Jail/WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: A Dayton woman accused of fatally shooting two of her children told police she did it to save them from the "evils of the world," according to an affidavit.

The affidavit was released as Claudena Helton made her first court appearance this afternoon, May 22. In the affidavit, police say Helton made the admission during an interview with officers. Police also interviewed Helton's other daughter, who told them her mom had shot her brother and sister and that she'd asked her to help carry them out of the house.

Helton appeared via teleconference this afternoon in Montgomery County Court, a judge set her bond at $1 million.


NEW: Khmorra and Kaiden Helton passed away Sunday, May 21 at Dayton Children's Hospital. The Montgomery County Coroner is now investigating.


UPDATE: Charges have reportedly been approved against Claudena Helton after Dayton police said she shot two of her children in the head.

According to the Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney's office, charges of two counts of attempted murder and four counts of felonious assault have been approved against her.

Stay with FOX 45 for the latest as these charges begin to move through the courts.


DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Two kids are fighting for their lives after Dayton police say their mother shot them in the head.

Children's Services confirmed to FOX 45 they had an open investigation into Claudena Helton at the time of the shooting.

It happened on Lori Sue Avenue in Dayton Thursday morning.

911 calls released following the incident show the frantic nature of the passers by who helped try to revive the children, who were unconscious when police said Helton brought them out onto the driveway.

"He's not awake, he's not conscious, he's bleeding. Please send a paramedic!" One caller said, "I don't feel a pulse. I don't feel a pulse at all."

FOX 45's Kelly May is the only reporter to talk to that 911 caller, Derricka Holt.

"The only comment she kept making repeatedly was they wanted this to happen, they wanted this to happen," said Holt.

Holt was walking to her nephew's preschool graduation at Rosa Parks early learning center around the corner. The gruesome scene unfolded right in front of her.

"We saw a mother come out with her six-year-old boy who was bleeding," she said, "we check for a pulse, didn't feel a pulse, a lot of blood, and you could tell that he had been… It was a gunshot wound."

Holt then called 911 and started CPR, then the unthinkable happened.

"Oh my God! There's another child," Holt is heard in a 911 call screaming, "There's another child! It's another person!".

"What do you mean there's another person?" A dispatcher asked.

"Moments later she drags out the second victim, her daughter," Holt told Fox 45.

A family member has identified the children as six-year-old Kaiden and eight-year-old Khmorra.

Family also said Claudena Helton appeared to have mental issues stemming from an incident where her son reported being assaulted at school at the Boonshoft museum in 2015.

Dayton police investigated the incident.

A spokesperson for Montgomery County job and family services said Childrens Services had an open case and we're working with Helton at the time of the shooting.

"There were some statements made about some kind of perceived threat on behalf of the children," dating Police Chief Richard Biehl said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

"She brought them out, she was completely naked, she had no clothes on whatsoever. We were asking her what happened, what happened, she's just in a state of complete shock and attachment," Holt said about Helton's actions while she was giving CPR.

Hope said she was able to bring a pulse back on Kaiden at the time.

As of late Thursday, a spokesperson from Dayton Children's Hospital says both children remain in critical condition.

Hope said she was still in shock herself, but was praying for the family and the community.

"People are just fearful to intervene they don't know if they should get involved," Hawk continued, "mental health is serious."

Helton is being held at the Montgomery County jail on two counts of felonious assault.

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