Bond continued at $500K for Riverside father accused of child abuse

5-year-old son, 15-month-old daughter found malnourished.

Bond remained at $500,000 Tuesday for a Riverside man accused of starving his two young children.

A plea of not guilty to four counts of endangering children and one count of tampering with evidence was entered on behalf of 25-year-old Dustin William Shade during his arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Messages were left with Shade’s court-appointed defense attorney for comment.

Shade and the children’s mother, 20-year-old Maleah Renee Henry-Reed, are both facing charges after their 15-month-old daughter and 5-year-old son were found malnourished earlier this month.

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Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

The daughter weighed approximately 10 pounds and the son was around 20 pounds, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said during a Friday afternoon media briefing.

The investigation started on Jan. 17 after Henry-Reed took the girl to a medical facility. The 15-month-old was transferred to Dayton Children’s Hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit. She was severely malnourished and had a low heart rate, Heck said.

Hospital staff contacted Riverside police regarding potential child abuse. Officers obtained a search warrant and went to the family’s residence in the 5400 block of Burkhardt Road. Shade was home with the 5-year-old boy, who awas taken to Dayton Children’s, according to the prosecutor.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Heck said Friday the prosecutor’s office is seeking custody of both children. Henry-Reed is pregnant with the couple’s third child. The prosecutor’s office said it will seek custody at birth.

Henry-Reed also is facing four counts of endangering children and one count of tampering with evidence. A representative from her defense team, Rion, Rion & Rion LPA Inc., said the investigation is just beginning and they will use everything they can to defend her.

Henry-Reed has the full force of the office behind her, the representative added.

She is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 9.

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