Dayton police officers are shown at the scene of a shooting of two children on Thursday, May 18.

Dayton boy, allegedly killed by mom, claimed he was molested by school janitor

The Dayton mother accused of shooting and killing two of her children said she did it to “save them from the evils of the world,” according to court documents.

Claudena Helton’s children, Khmorra, 8, and Kaiden, 6, died Sunday at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Those court documents do not shed light on what Claudena Helton meant by the statement.

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But a Trotwood police report obtained by this news organization states that her 6-year-old son claimed to have been the victim of a sexually related offense at his school last winter. Legal authorities said this week that the complaint was investigated and charges were refused by prosecutors because of insufficient evidence.

In February, Trotwood police opened an investigation after Kaiden said he was touched inappropriately by a school janitor, and that the janitor sexually pleasured himself in front of Kaiden, according to a Feb. 14 police report. Kaiden was a student at Mother Brunner Catholic School, 4870 Denlinger Road.

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Spokesman Dan Andriacco said the Archdiocese of Cincinnati first heard about the case when police came to the school to investigate a complaint made by Claudena Helton.

“The janitor was immediately put on leave until the police resolve this,” Andriacco said Monday. He said the worker is “a longtime employee.”

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This news organization could not reach the uncharged employee, whose name was not listed in the police report nor provided by the school.

The principal of Mother Brunner received an email Monday from an investigator in the Montgomery County prosecutor’s office saying they’re not going forward with the case, Andriacco said.

Trotwood police Capt. Dan Heath said charges in the case were refused on the first presentation to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office because of insufficient evidence.

The boy’s claim also was being reviewed by CARE House and children services. Representatives of all the groups were supposed to meet with Claudena Helton last week to discuss how and whether to proceed, Heath said, but the meeting had to be rescheduled because not everyone could attend. Their meeting was rescheduled for Monday, but that meeting did not take place since Helton now is incarcerated, Heath said.

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“There will be a debriefing about what course, if any, to take on this,” Heath said.

The case is not officially closed, Heath said.

Andriacco said all archdiocesan employees are vetted when hired. He said there were no sex offenses or offenses involving children in the janitor’s past.

“I don’t see any reason why (the janitor) would not return,” Andriacco said. “It’s always been the expectation that as soon as this was cleared away, he’d be returned to service.”

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