Indictment announced in jail cell overdose death of fatal hit-and-run suspect

Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 15:09:09-05

CINCINNATI — Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters announced Monday that Kadeem Kelley has been indicted in the apparent overdose death of Satwinder Singh while Singh was imprisoned in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Singh was in a jail cell awaiting trial for allegedly killing two-year-old Dameon Turner Jr. when authorities found him unresponsive after an apparent fentanyl overdose on March 26.

He'd been in jail for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs on December 30, 2018, when he drove his vehicle over the curb and hit the toddler while his parents pushed him in a stroller. The child's father, Dameon Turner Sr., had been pushing him in a stroller on the sidewalk when Singh’s pickup jumped the curb, hit them both and drove away, police said.

According to authorities, Singh also continued driving after the accident and was later located at a BP gas station, where police said he had to be revived with Narcan.

Deters said Kelley was an inmate in the Hamilton County Justice Center with Singh when Singh died. At the time, Kelley was being held on charges of escape and having a weapon under disability.

According to a press release from the prosecutor's office, Kelley worked as a porter in the Justice Center, cleaning facilities and serving food to the inmates. The release said as a result of Kelley's job, he had access to different areas of the Justice Center and the inmates lodged there.

Kelley is currently imprisoned in the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, which a press release from Deters' office said is connected to the drugs officials believe he sold to Singh.

Deters announced that Kelley will be charged with one charge of involuntary manslaughter, one charge of corrupting another with drugs and one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound. If Kelley is found guilty of the charges, he faces a possible 20 years in prison.

After Singh's death was announced, Turner's parents said Singh's overdose death robbed them of the justice they felt their child deserved.

“I’m angry. I’m mad. I’m upset. I feel like I was failed,” Brittney Hutcherson, Turner's mother, told WCPO in a March interview. "I miss my baby. I do. I really do. And now I feel like I'm suffering even more because he can't get the justice that he deserves and I'm not getting my justice, so how am I supposed to move on?"