ODJFS: Teen beaten unconscious at Dayton youth home is being relocated

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m. (Oct. 14): Cody Davidson is being relocated to a youth home facility in Columbus, an official with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said in a statement released this afternoon.

The official also confirms that ODJFS is investigating the incident that occurred this week at Pilot House, on Salem Avenue.

Davidson’s mother, Chasity Ranson, said she is continuing her campaign to get her son sent home to be with his family.


A 16-year-old resident at Pilot House, a Dayton home for troubled youth, was beaten unconscious by another male resident and his mother wants to know why an employee watched the episode that left her son with a fractured skull and missing at least five teeth.

Cody Davidson had been at Pilot House, on Salem Avenue, for five days when Chasity Ranson said he told her that on Monday night, people there gave him boxing gloves to spar with another young man at the facility.

According to Montgomery County Children Services, the facility is a home that helps rehabilitate troubled youth. Davidson has aggression issues, according to his mother.

According to Ranson, who has filed a complaint with police, the other boy took off his gloves and proceeded to beat her son as an employee looked on.

Davidson was unconscious and bloody when police arrived, according to an incident report.

“A shattered palette,” she told News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald on Thursday night. “He’s missing five teeth. He’s going to have … reconstructive surgery to replace the teeth. He needed 36 stitches to replace his outer area of his mouth,” she said.

Davidson — and the boy who administered the beating — are still residents at the facility. This news organization has asked children services for comment.

Ransom said she is working to get her son out of the facility.

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