Dayton pastor appears in court for charges related to foster son’s death

Pastor Torace Weaver is being led into the Public Safety Building in Dayton after being indicted on murder charges. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)

DAYTON, OH (WDTN) – The man accused in the role of his foster son’s death appeared in court for his arraignment Tuesday.

Torace Weaver, 37, faces charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, child endangering reckless homicide and obstructing official business. He has plead not guilty to the charges.

Torace Weaver (Montgomery County Jail).
Torace Weaver (Montgomery County Jail).

Weaver was originally scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment Sept. 8, but appeared Tuesday.

Before his arrest, prosecutors say Weaver was the pastor of the King of Glory Ministries in Dayton. Shortly after 2-year-old Stanley Thomas’s death, rumors spread about the pastor’s possible involvement, according to churchgoers there. They spoke to WDTN last week about the pastor’s arrest.

Police were initially called to the King of Glory Ministries Church, located on Genesee Avenue, where 2-year-old Stanley Thomas was found not breathing according to the prosecutor’s office back in November 2015.

At the time, doctors noted bruising, scars and a large burn to the child. His death was ruled a homicide.

Weaver, who was fostering the child, told authorities he had fallen from a table.

He is being held on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 13.

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