DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Mat Heck, Jr., Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County, spoke on a serious child abuse case in Riverside Friday.
According to Heck, a 15-month-old child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital after medical staff at a clinic deemed her so severely malnourished.
Heck reported that the child weighed less than 10 pounds when taken to the hospital and had to be intubated.
Hospital staff alerted police about the child and officers went to the parent’s home in the 5400 block of Burkhardt Road in Riverside.
The father of the child met police at the door of the residence, holding a second child which is 5 years old.
That child was taken by ambulance to Dayton Children’s as well. Heck said he weighed 20 pounds and was extremely malnourished. Unexplained bruising was also visible on the child’s body.
Officers further investigated the home which Heck described as filthy and smelled of urine.
The parents, 20-year-old Maleah Renee Henry-Reed and 25-year-old Dustin William Shade, were arrested and have been indicted on five felony counts: two child-endangering counts of the second-degree of causing serious physical harm, two child-endangering counts of the third-degree of being the parent and a third-degree count of tampering with evidence.
Shade is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is set to be arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Henry-Reed, who is currently pregnant with a third child, was released after a family member reportedly made her $500,000 bond. She is set to be arraigned on Thursday, Feb. 2.
The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to increase each of the bonds to $1,000,000.