Suspect Arrested in Death of Mother and Son

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TALLMADGE, OH -- Tallmadge detectives, with the help of the Akron Bureau of Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, made an arrest in the death of a mother and son whose bodies were found in August.

Daniel Tighe, 39, of Akron, is charged with Aggravated Murder in the death of his five-year-old son, Peyton Ralston, Murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend Wendy Ralston and Felony Domestic Violence, according to Tallmadge police.

Authorities say additional charges are expected.

Tallmadge police said it has been a complex investigation and several things led them to point the finger at Tighe as their main suspect.

"He had a special relationship to the case. He had the domestic violence relationship. He gave the detectives some information up front that they have taken the time to check out and most of it has turned out to be false," Tallmadge Police Lt. Ronald Williams said.

Tighe was taken into custody around 1:00 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 1400 block of Breiding Road, according to police.

"He's been staying in a camper on Breiding Road since the discovery of the bodies back in August," Lt. Williams said.

The victims' bodies were found wrapped in bedding behind their home on Stone Creek Drive on August 10.

The medical examiner has not released the cause of death for the young mother and son.

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