Overdose death of 2-year-old ‘big shock’ to uncle


The uncle of a 2-year-old boy, who died from an accidental drug overdose last September, said Wednesday the toddler’s death is shocking and he’s not sure how it happened.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday they are investigating the death of Lee Hayes, who died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose.

The toxicology results that revealed the drug in the toddler's body were completed in December, according to a report from the coroner's office.

The boy’s uncle, Dionte Williams, said he and his girlfriend babysat Lee and other children the day before the toddler died.

That evening Lee’s father, Anthony Hayes, picked him up about 6, but they next morning they were called to Good Samaritan Hospital, Williams said. The boy was pronounced dead, at the hospital, on the morning of Sept. 29. 

"The last thing I heard my nephew say was ‘I love you Uncle D.,’” Williams said, noting that Lee was jumping on the bed before leaving Williams’ house.

"I've been praying that God will find an answer. It didn't happen over here."

When Williams returned home from the hospital later that day, police were already in the house, searching. But they didn’t find anything to indicate that Lee consumed the drugs there, Williams said. 

"That was my favorite nephew," he said. "It was a big shock to me and my girl."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

For this Butler County couple, every day is Thanksgiving
For this Butler County couple, every day is Thanksgiving

Understandably, they’re thankful this holiday season. There was a time not long ago, when Stan Lakes, 30, and his girlfriend, Heidi Dyehouse, 42, thought they’d never live to see Thanksgiving 2017. She had complications from a cardiac ablation three years ago that led doctors to tell her mother to make funeral arrangements. Dyehouse&rsquo...
Cool, dry temperatures for the holiday
Cool, dry temperatures for the holiday

Cool temperatures through Thanksgiving  A notch warmer this weekend Dry conditions expected TODAY: Sunshine is expected today. It’ll be a nice looking day, but it will be cool with high temperatures in the upper 30s. Given a little bit of a wind, we’ll likely see wind chills down in the lower 30s most of the day. TONIGHT: ...
Two area cell phone stores target of overnight break-ins
Two area cell phone stores target of overnight break-ins

A Boost wireless store was also broken into in Huber Heights overnight. No other details were available. Police are looking for several people who broke into a cell phone store early Wednesday. The Verizon on Hoke Road in Englewood was broken into between 2 and 3 a.m. The suspects were driving a silver four-door car. This story will be updated...
WPAFB Wednesday Weather: Clear skies, chilly temps expected for holiday travel 
WPAFB Wednesday Weather: Clear skies, chilly temps expected for holiday travel 

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—It will be quite chilly on this busy travel day, but it should be dry, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Temperatures will only reach into the upper 30s for highs with wind chills staying in in the upper 20s for much of the day. Clear skies and chilly temperatures are expected tonight...
Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Corr put on administrative leave
Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Corr put on administrative leave

Dayton Public School’s Superintendent Rhonda Corr was placed on administrative leave by Dayton’s school board just before midnight Tuesday after a long executive session. Elizabeth Lolli, associate superintendent, has been promoted to acting superintendent. According to a DPS online video stream of the meeting, the school board approved...
More Stories