STRUTHERS, OH – If the name Rowan Sweeney doesn’t ring a bell, it wouldn’t be surprising. That was the name of the 4-year-old boy who was murdered in a mass shooting that took place in Struthers, Ohio on September 21st.
If you haven’t heard of Sweeney’s name, then it’s highly unlikely you know the name of his alleged killer, 24-year-old Kimonie Bryant.
Black Man Murders Four-Year-Old White Child in Targeted Attack. Does Anyone in the Media Care? https://t.co/Ucgw4nNkKD
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) September 24, 2020
Young Sweeney and four adults were shot inside of a home at approximately 1:55 a.m., after Bryant allegedly walked through the front door of the home and started shooting at people that were inside of the living room.
Kimonie Bryant, 24, turned himself into U.S. Marshals on a charge of aggravated murder of a 4-year-old boy in Struthers, OH. https://t.co/BAzmsM3H82
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) September 22, 2020
The other victims were identified as 20-year-old Andre Stephon McCoy Jr., 30-year-old Yarnell Green Jr., 20-year-old Cassandra Marsicola and 22-year-old Alexis Schneider. All four adult victims were said to be recovering in the hospital after the shooting.
According to Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy:
“The child tragically died in his mother’s arms.”
Bryant was said to have fled from the residence after the shooting, which then kicked off a manhunt for the suspect.
Matthew Tallman, a neighbor of the victims in the case, was one of the first people to walk into the residence after the shooting:
“We just went over because I heard screaming and I didn’t know what else to do. I just went over there to see if everything was OK.”
24-year-old Kimonie Bryant shot and killed Rowan. pic.twitter.com/1qIDoFGdwd
— Billy (@billygerent) September 22, 2020
What Tallman walked into was a scene that was anything but “OK”:
“I walked up into the house, asked if the shooter was still there and they said no. So then I looked over to my left and there was a kid in her arms, and he was gone.”
Later on in the evening of the 26th, Bryant was said to have turned himself into police. Ironically, Bryant’s self-surrender came shortly after Sweeney’s father had called upon whoever committed this shooting to turn themselves in:
“Whoever did this, man, just turn yourself in. Just be a man, dude. Just be a man. You’re sick. You’re just sick. You took my son from me. This is my baby boy. You took him because you’re sick. You can live with that for the rest of your life, but this is my baby.”
The two women who were shot, one in the leg and one in their hip area, are reportedly in stable condition, whereas the male victims that survived suffered far more critical wounds. One male victim was shot in the head twice while another man was shot in the back twice.
Police Chief Tim Roddy stressed that it was not a random act of violence but rather a targeted attack.
Bryant has been charged with aggravated murder for the alleged crime and is being held without bail. While Bryant has had previous interactions with law enforcement, they were relatively minor offenses that involved a traffic offense and carrying a concealed weapon from back in 2019.
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In other cases stemming from Ohio, a man is facing five felony charges after allegedly raping and impregnating 12-year-old girl.
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It was a horror that will live with the girl the rest of her life.
Tevin Henderson, 22, is accused of raping and impregnating a 12-year-old girl. He’s been indicted on five counts of rape, all are felonies.
If convicted, he will face up to 55 years in prison, and he’ll remain permanently on the sex offender registry.
This is according to a press release from the Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters on Monday, September 14, 2020.
Ohio is a hotbed of child sex trafficking so I'm happy that Tevin Henderson has been indicted on five counts of rape and will face up to 55 years in prison for repeatedly raping and impregnating a 12yo girl. Nice to see some justice for a change this year!
— Rob Weber ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@WestPointWeber) September 15, 2020
Henderson was a “family acquaintance” at a residence in Winton Terrace. He repeatedly raped a 12-year-old girl in a resident at Winton Terrace to where she became pregnant in 2019, according to police.
The girl realized she was pregnant and confided in a trusted adult about what happened.
Winton Terrace, located in Cincinnati’s historic Winton Hills, is a Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority built for low income families. It offers more than 600 townhouses.
Black Ohio Man Tevin Henderson Charged with Rape of 12-Year-Old Who Became Pregnant… DoG https://t.co/qWcXuJhfIY
— Dog (@u2biker) September 15, 2020
Deters showed his disgust towards Henderson:
“There are no words to describe this kind of horrible crime against a child. We have yet to coin a word in the English language adequate to describe someone who sexually abuses a child and causes a 12-year-old to give birth.”
Deters took a moment to reflect.
“On a personal note, I’d like to say the following. These types of cases are much too prevalent in our area and nationwide. It makes me sick to my stomach.
To prey upon a young girl sexually, impregnate her, and think nothing of it is disgusting and should be totally unacceptable to everyone who hears of these acts. We will work diligently to remove him from the streets of Hamilton County for as long as possible.”
Henderson is held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, with bail set at $250,000. His hearing is scheduled for September 25.
James Costin is Henderson’s defense attorney. He is mostly an insurance, Consumer Protection, Criminal Defense, Juvenile, and family attorney.
He has been licensed for 34 years and got his law degree in University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Henderson’s lawyer, Costin, declined to comment on the indictment.
Regrettably, the victim in this case fits perfectly within the statistical profile of child rape. According to research from parentsformeganslaw.org, one in three girls are sexually abused before they are 18 years-old.
The average age for the first abuse for girls is 9.6 years old. This typically occurs during a on-going relationship between the offender and victim. The victim was raped multiple time by Henderson.
The most vulnerable age for sexual abuse is between 7 and 13 years old. Additionally, 93 percent of the juvenile assault victims know their attacker, and 58 percent were acquaintances.
We know that Henderson was an acquaintance to the family.
However, one statistic that this little girl dodged is that less than 12 percent of child sex abuse is reported to the police. She was brave enough to talk to a trusted adult to get help.
The victim in this case will have to deal with the aftermath. The problem according to the Parents for Megan’s law is that she may grow into a distorted self-concept. They have added that:
High rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dissociative disorders, interpersonal dysfunction, sexual problems and suicidal ideation have all been identified to varying degrees among men and women who survive child sexual abuse.
The World Young Women’s Christian Association defines the child sexual abuse as when a child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator and is often forced to silence the victim.
This why that most of the reports are low. This yet another statistic our victim falls into. She was abused by a 22-year-old male. The statistic is 96 percent of people who sexually abuse kids are male, and 76 percent of abusers are adults.
Statistically, Henderson probably “groomed” the small victim, which includes isolating the girl, special attention to her, filling needs and roles within the family, or treating her as if she were older than she was. He probably used secrecy, blame and threats to maintain control as he became increasingly sexual.
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