The Dayton pastor accused of killing his 2-year-old foster son told a 911 dispatcher the boy was breathing and then “not breathing at all.”
Torace D. Weaver, 38, is in Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond after he was indicted last week by a Montgomery County Common Pleas grand jury on eight counts, including murder and reckless homicide.
Stanley Karl Thomas III died Nov. 18, 2015 of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. The death was ruled a homicide in March 2016.
The pastor and founder of King of Glory Ministries at 5001 Genesee Ave. in Dayton told a dispatcher, “My baby fell down and is not breathing,” Weaver said at the start of a 6 minute, 43-second 911 call. “I’m doing CPR right now.”
When the dispatcher asked if the boy fell and wasn’t breathing, Weaver responded, “Yes, he hit his head.”
Weaver, who studied nursing and was an orthopedic technician at a local hospital for 15 years according to the church’s website, told the dispatcher later, “He just took a breath when I took a breath in,” and then a couple seconds later said. “He’s not taking anything in.”
Just after that, Weaver said: “He’s not breathing at all. That’s me” and then added, “He just took another breath now.”
Weaver also was charged with involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, endangering children and obstructing official business.
One of Weaver’s attorneys, Anthony VanNoy, did not return a message seeking comment. VanNoy filed a motion for a bill of particulars to ask prosecutors for the alleged actions that constituted the charges.
A social media comment made by Weaver on Nov. 19, 2015, said: “Still can’t believe what happened but God is going to see us through this. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Montgomery County Children Services spokesman Kevin Lavoie said all Children Services cases are confidential but that the agency is “cooperating fully with the investigation into this horrible matter.”
Lavoie said their foster parents license has been recommended for revocation by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
On Nov. 10, 2015, eight days before Stanley’s death, Weaver called Dayton police to report that his biological son had run away again on Nov. 8. A police report said “Weaver could not provide an answer as to why he waited until (Nov. 10)” to report the boy missing.
A couple comments on what appeared to be Weaver’s Facebook page after his indictment were supportive and mentioned a “test of this magnitude” and that “God got this!!!”
Weaver’s biography on the church website said that at age 5, the Hattiesburg, Miss. native “was saved with filled with the Holy Ghost” and that he “displayed the ability to lead others to Christ as just a small child.”
The bio said Weaver moved to Dayton in 1997 and that he attended a couple churches before founding King of Glory Ministries Inc. on Feb. 21, 2008.
The bio said Weaver went from preaching to empty chairs to leading more than 200 church members. No one answered a call to the church last week.