Centerville father accused of trying to kill kids enters not guilty by reason of insanity plea

Ray Eades

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Ray Eades

A 30-year-old Centerville man accused of attempting to kill his two children in a fire he set last month pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, court records show.

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Ray Eades is charged with two counts each of attempted murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment, according to court records.

Eades was arrested and charged following a welfare check on Sept. 22 at a residence on Bradstreet Road that revealed the two children, ages 6 and 8, were in apparent danger.

Centerville Police said Eades answered the door and refused to cooperate with officers inside of the locked residence.

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There was no structure fire, though an investigation revealed he used “prior calculation” when he ignited an article inside the home that was removed and extinguished by Washington Twp. firefighters, police said in court records.

In addition, records show Eades also made threats to kill himself and the children, drug the children, disable the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and barricade the house.

The children were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Eades’ arraignment will take place in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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