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The Montgomery County Jail has seen a spike in the number of women behind bars due to opioid abuse and addiction-related crimes.
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The Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services Wednesday opened an internal investigation into the county's Children’s Services agency's handling of the Takoda Collins case.

The 10-year-old died in December amid reports of abuse and neglect, allegedly at the hands of Collins’s father Al-Mutahan McLean.

McLean and two other adults are charged with multiple counts of abuse, including assault and child endangerment. McLean is also charged with rape of a child under the age of 13.

Rebecca Thayer lives with her baby's father and friend in her first-ever apartment in Dayton.
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WYSO’s Recovery Stories series brings you intimate conversations from the heart of Dayton’s opioid epidemic.

In this story, we meet Susan Fitzpatrick and Rebecca Thayer, mother and daughter who describe themselves as best friends. Their voices even sound remarkably alike. 

Rebecca, who friends call Becky, is 35 years old and has nearly two years clean. Before entering recovery, her drug addiction led her to a life on the streets. 

A local non-profit is putting out a call for help in the way of donations.  Hanna’s Treasure Chest in Centerville helps families and children in need by supplying gently used care packages of clothing, toys, books, and games.

They serve as a donation collection site and then work with social service agencies in Montgomery, Butler, Greene and Warren Counties to distribute the goods to needy families in those areas.