Man who’s charged after death of Dayton mother, son has criminal record

Man who’s charged after death of Dayton mother, son has criminal record

Days after a driver plowed into a Dayton home, leaving a 7-year-old boy and his mother dead, authorities have yet to reveal more information about a second person believed to be in the car or say who was driving and speeding away from police just before the crash.

The lone person charged in the case has a criminal record in Georgia, court records showed.

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On Monday, the mailbox at 803 Lilac Ave. had been turned into memorial of stuffed animals and balloons. Plywood covered the southeast corner of the house where the two were struck by a Nissan Maxima that rammed into their living room just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

A mailbox has been turned into memorial of stuffed animals and balloons where a car plowed into a Lilac Avenue house in Dayton last week resulting in the death of Maria Davis, 39, and her 7-year-old son, Jerome. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

Maria Davis, 39, was pronounced dead in the house, while her son Jerome was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he died, according to officials.

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One suspect, Kesean D. Williams-Parks, 24, was taken into custody near the house.

Williams-Parks on Friday pleaded not guilty to carrying concealed weapons and aggravated drug possession charges. He remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 cash/surety bond.

The bypass case will go to a grand jury, so there will be no preliminary hearing, according to Dayton Municipal Court officials.

An affidavit and statement of facts said Williams-Parks fled on foot from a Dayton police officer, but was apprehended after a short foot chase.

The affidavit said Williams-Parks was in possession of a concealed loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun and methamphetamine and had a criminal history in Georgia.

In 2011, Williams-Parks was charged with a number of offenses in Clayton County, Ga., including burglary, drug possession and fleeing from police, court records there show. He was sentenced to five years in prison but served a shorter term due to a first-time offenders’ program.

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The bodies of Davis and her son were still in custody of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office on Monday.

It was the second tragedy within six months to touch the mother, a relative said.

Davis was forced out of another home by a fire and moved to Lilac Avenue with her two sons, said Davis’ second cousin Delores Woodall.

“They lost everything in that,” Woodall said. “And now this happens.”

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On Wednesday night, an officer spotted a car on Hoover Avenue and watched it enter a driveway, according to police.

When the officer turned a spotlight on the car, the driver accelerated out of the drive and down the street, according to officers, who said no pursuit was initiated by the officer.

About four blocks away, the driver barreled down Kammer Avenue, past a stop sign at a T-intersection and crashed into the house. After the crash, the car was reported stolen to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Another juvenile related to the victims was in the house but physically uninjured, according to police.

Jerome Davis attended first grade at Edison PreK-6 School, said Marsha Bonhart, Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman.

A crisis team was available last week to support students and teachers at the school and help staff implement a financial fund to assist the family, she said.