Salem shooting victim's mom in prison for killing child

By Danny restivo


The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was shot Monday is serving 18 years to life for the murder of her 7-month-old son.

The Columbiana County Sheriff’s office said the 5-year-old child was living with his grandmother during a shooting Monday. Authorities said Melinda Todd, 43, was killed and her grandson wounded during a shooting at her residence along state Route 45 in Salem Township. Sheriff Raymond L. Stone said the boy was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital where he was in a medically induced coma after brain surgery Tuesday.

Sheriff Raymond L. Stone said he believed the older Todd was the legal guardian of the child and two other children who lived there as well.

The boy’s mother, Miranda Todd, 24, formerly of Salem, was convicted in June of murdering her infant son, Derek A. Dennison. The child died in July 2010; an autopsy report indicated a pattern of abuse.

Stone said the father of the child is currently incarcerated at the Mahoning County jail.

He said police still are investigating the Todd murder, but they have interviewed several neighbors and people close to the family, including the victim’s boyfriend. Stone said the man is not a suspect.

“They’ve all had their alibis,” he said.

Stone said he has not received an autopsy report but he believes the murder occurred sometime Monday afternoon.

According to The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, the victim’s 12-year-old daughter found the woman’s body lying on the couch along with the wounded child after getting off the school bus around 4 p.m. Monday.

One of the victim’s daughters told emergency dispatchers on the 911 tape, “My sister came home from school, and our mom’s bleeding really bad and she won’t wake up.”

Neighbors across the street from the scene said they did not hear any gunshots Monday but had seen children getting off the school bus daily near that location. They said Todd moved into the residence sometime in late summer and believed the home was a rental property.

Stone said the Sheriffs’s department had not received any calls from the residence since the family had moved in.

He’s hoping to find more answers when the 5-year-old boy becomes conscious.

“If he’s a awake, we’re going to send a detective to see him,” said Stone.

Anyone with more information can call the Columbiana County Sheriff’s office at 330-424-7255.

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