Authorities believe that a Taser and a metal spatula may have been among the items used as part of alleged extreme child abuse against a now-dead Dayton 10-year-old, according to a warrant obtained by the Dayton Daily News.
A search warrant affidavit filed in Dayton Municipal Court by Dayton police as part of their investigation shows that they learned through interviews with three subjects that a number of items were used to allegedly “torture and abuse” Takoda Collins.
The boy’s father, Al-Mutahan McLean, faces four counts endangering children, two counts felonious assault, and one count rape of a child under the age of 13, after indictments in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Also, Amanda Hinze, 28, and Jennifer Ebert, 25, two sisters who authorities said both lived in the house, are charged with four counts of endangering children. All three are due back in court for arraignment, and law enforcement said they are continuing to investigate the case.
Dayton police said in the warrant affidavit they were called to a home on Dec. 13 because Takoda had stopped breathing. They described him in the affidavit as wet and laying in the living room floor. It says emergency personnel were able to get a pulse on the boy, but doctors at Dayton Children’s Hospital weren’t able to save his life.
“While speaking with (hospital) staff, (a detective) observes cuts and bruising all over Collins,” the affidavit says. “ (Police) respond to 1934 Kensington Avenue to speak with McLean and other witnesses.”
Through their investigation, police determined they needed to take the three suspects to the station for an interview, where they learned that evidence might be at the house, the affidavit says.
“During the course of the interview, information is obtained from all three subjects referencing items used in child abuse,” the search warrant says. “These items include a pink Taser, metal spatula, a green cot and plastic covers.”
The return on the search warrant says the warrant was served on Dec. 16, and that property was taken from the residence including four Taser style dog collars, two cell phones, a combination lock recovered from the upstairs attic and three pairs of work boots.
The Taser, spatula, cots and covers were not listed as collected in the report.
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