Coroner rules Takoda Collins’ death a homicide; no one charged

Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger on Thursday ruled the death of 10-year-old Takoda Collins a homicide, and listed three factors in the boy’s death.

A statement from the coroner’s office says Takoda suffered “blunt force trauma,” meaning he was beaten; “compressive asphyxia,” meaning he was compressed by something causing his breathing to be restricted; and “water submersion (bathtub),” meaning he was drowned.

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Takoda died in December after he was rushed to Dayton Children’s Hospital from his home on Kensington Drive in Dayton. Police say his death followed a period of “extreme abuse for an extended amount of time.”

Takoda’s father Al McLean is charged with four counts of endangering children, two counts of felonious assault and one count of rape. McLean’s girlfriend Amanda Hinze and her sister Jennifer Ebert both face four charges of endangering children.

No one has been charged with Takoda’s death.

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Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Greg Flannagan said Thursday that the coroner’s report is one of the things Dayton police needed for their ongoing investigation. He would not say whether additional charges are coming.

“We won’t be putting anything out until after our office meets with the detectives to review the investigation,” he said.

Autopsy photos previously reviewed by the Dayton Daily News show Takoda had cuts and bruises throughout his body — especially on his torso, back and buttocks — and a preliminary report said the boy suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Also included in the photos was a bathtub filled with a few inches of water.

Takoda’s death has brought intense scrutiny of how Montgomery County Children Services, Dayton police and other agencies responded to previous — possibly numerous — reports that the boy was possibly being abused.

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