Details continue to emerge about the disturbing story of a 4-year-old Dayton, Ohio boy who reported to strangers that his mother had been shot to death after being abandoned by the alleged killer at a rest stop.
A suspect (Charlie Myers, 22, of Columbus, Ohio, pictured left) has been arrested and reportedly confessed to the crime, as reported by the Associated Press:
DAYTON — The 4-year-old boy’s explanation was even more startling than the sight of him, barefoot and clad in pajamas, standing alone in the lobby of a highway rest stop.
Judith McConnell and her husband, Michael, had pulled into the rest stop on Interstate 70 about 50 miles outside of Dayton just after 9 p.m. on Jan. 2.
The boy was by himself, staring out a window. Judith McConnell waved at him as they walked in.
What he said next was chilling: “A man came into my house without knocking and shot my mommy.”
The man then left him alone at the rest stop, the boy said.
The couple, driving home to Maryland after Christmas in Colorado, took the boy into their car to warm up and called police.
“He’s been abandoned here by a man with a gun,” Michael McConnell told police. “He’s quite disturbed.”
As they waited for deputies to arrive, the boy recited the information his mother had drilled into him — his address, his parents’ names, two phone numbers.
When Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies arrived at his family’s small white bungalow in Dayton later that night, they found the body of his 29-year-old mother, shot to death.
The woman died after struggling with her attacker, said Sheriff Phil Plummer. The killer also sexually assaulted the boy before taking him to the rest stop and abandoning him, police said.
The Associated Press is not naming the family so as not to identify the victim of an alleged sexual offense.
Police say a man under arrest has confessed to the crimes. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck is considering whether to seek the death penalty.