A school worker and the mother of a 10-year-old boy told police their concerns of possible abuse more than a year before he died, according to public records obtained Friday by News Center 7 and the Dayton Daily News.
Takoda Collins, 10, was rushed to Dayton’s Children’s Hospital on Dec. 13 and was pronounced dead after his father Al-Mutahan McLean called police to say he found the boy unresponsive in their Kensington Drive home.
McLean, 30, faces charges in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in connection to what law enforcement described in court records as “extreme” child abuse against Takoda.
Records obtained from the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center show that a Dayton Public Schools employee contacted police May 11, 2018, around noon to check on the welfare of Takoda after “she had to call Children Services” May 9, 2018, “to report abuse…by Al-Mutahan McLean.”
The worker also told law enforcement McLean had called the school saying Takoda was sick, and she was concerned he “may be being abused, and not actually sick.”
Around 20 minutes after the school worker called police, a case worker with Children’s Services also asked police to do a welfare check on Takoda, the dispatch records show.
Police noted in the dispatch records that there was “no answer at the door” when they responded and the call was closed.
More than a year later, on May 14, 2019, Takoda’s mother called and asked for police to check on his welfare at the Kensington address.
Takoda’s mother, Robin Collins, told police she believed McLean “is actively abusing him” and asked that officers speak to the child alone, dispatch records show.
Takoda’s mother said McLean yelled at the child, “saying he hates the child,” and added, if Takoda’s mother “does not come to get him, something bad is going to happen,” the records read.
The dispatch center logs noted that “Takoda is being taken care of and still has behavioral issues.”
The dispatch center logs also noted that Takoda’s mother “was given no custodial rights, but he still allows Takoda to speak with her.” Dispatchers attempted to follow up with Takoda’s mother by phone after the welfare check “but there was no answer.”
We are seeking comment about the dispatch logs from Dayton police.
Montgomery County Children Services spokesman Kevin Lavoie said, “While we cannot discuss confidential case information, Montgomery County Children Services takes all reports of child abuse very seriously. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement as part of their investigation.”
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