Dayton mom who killed kids wanted to save them from ‘evils of the world’

Police say Claudena Helton shot two of her children at her Dayton home on Thursday morning

Claudina Helton, Dayton
Courtesy: Montgomery County Jail via WCMH

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – According to a court affidavit obtained by 2 NEWS in Dayton, Claudena Helton admitted to detectives she shot her two kids to save them from the “evils of the world.”

Those children, 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden, died Sunday evening after suffering gunshot wounds to the head last Thursday.

Their mother, Helton, is facing felonious assault and attempted aggravated murder charges at this point. These charges could change now that the children have died.

Police say Helton shot two of her children at her home on Lori Sue Avenue in Dayton on Thursday morning. A third child was home at the time of the shooting but she was unharmed. That 11-year-old girl was taken to Care House after police responded to the home.

According to the statement of facts, Helton asked that daughter to help remove the bodies of her siblings from the home.

When police arrived, both Khmorra and Kaiden were found outside the front of the home and Helton was walking around nude.

Helton has been charged with child endangerment in the past. Neighbors say they are heartbroken and shocked.

“Ain’t no kids think their mommy would do that, you know what I’m saying? To know that your mommy is your monster, your mommy is the one to attack you and take your life. Don’t no kid think that, ever,” Deona Terry said.


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