Dione Warren, proud gun owner, busted after toddler son shoots and kills himself

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Big photos, video below.
Back in October, we told you about the the death of a three year old who apparently shot himself in a Frederick home; see our previous coverage below.

Now, around six weeks later, Dione Warren, mother of the boy, Sheine Steine, has been arrested for criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death. This self-declared Second Amendment advocate reportedly left the boy alone with access to a gun, then instructed her daughter to lie to police about it. Photos, video and details below.

At about 9:45 a.m. on October 28, as we reported, Frederick police were called to a home on the 500 block of Pine Street, an area seen in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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The womanwho dialed 911 -- later identified as Warren -- didn't mention a shooting. Rather, she reportedly said her child had suffered from an apparent fall and was losing a lot of blood. She added that he wasn't breathing.

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Sheine Steine.
Left out of this account was the fact that the boy's body was found in a bedroom near a handgun that had been recently fired. A bullet was found in the bed, after presumably ricocheting off a wall.

Emergency personnel rushed the boy to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

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Warren with Sheine.
Now, an arrest affidavit obtained by the Longmont Times-Call sheds additional light on what took place. According to the document, Warren and her husband, Jeremy McCollum, owned a gun safe, but they'd started keeping a handgun under their mattress after hearing shots in the neighborhood. McCollum is said to have routinely returned the weapon to the safe each morning, but must have forgotten to do so on the 28th, and speculated that Sheine must have seen it there.

Warren is quoted as telling investigators that she and her husband were Second Amendment supporters who viewed gun ownership as "part of our heritage as Americans." She added that they didn't hide these views from their kids -- Sheine, Warren's son from a previous relationship, and a school-age daughter.

Continue for more about the arrest of Dione Warren, including more photos and videos.

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beejay247
beejay247

Well she was just exercising her constitutional right to bear arms,shame about the child, but hey collateral damage and all that,the good news is,a new space opened up for gun storage

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Cars are not designed to be weapons. If a child can understand the difference, then the original poster of the previous comment is clearly dumber than a child.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

But guns are about machismo....considering the actual odds of a home invasion you know that's largely unlikely to happen, its more about a feeling of empowerment and an illusion of safety. In addition, you can't drunkenly impress your friends if you have to go get the gun out of a locked box. They'll never be able to believe your self determined bad assedness with that thing around. They need to believe that any second 'criminals' are clearly going to want to break in to steal your largely worthless crap and that you'll be maintaining a 24/7 watch to prevent it.. (even though 90% of break ins occur when people aren't home and guns are one of the most sought after items in a theft). But anyway, good luck with preventing this whole 'kids dying' thing..the current path of keeping as many guns on the street as possible is clearly working.

Tawnya Reid
Tawnya Reid

Stacey made a great comment- if it had been a car accident, like the one I read about in Texas a fews months ago (a small child got into a truck while the family was moving out of their house and crushed his toddler sibling between the truck and fence) no one would be saying to take away a car. Becca- it absolutely is a responsibility thing, and guns don't kill people. People kill people using guns, knives, bombs, and any other make shift weapon available. As was said before- proud fun owner and responsible fun owner are not the same. I grew up around them, and my dad taught me about fun safety from a young age. I knew not to mess with any, and he always kept them in a safe place. I turned out fine. Being responsible is the number one priority when owning guns. Also, this poor little boy was cursed with an ignorant mother that left him home alone. That right there shows her lack of responsibility and judgement. If she'd taken him with her, that would not have happened.

Kat Wolff
Kat Wolff

Don't leave young kids alone.

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

This is not a "responsible owner" or "irresponsible owner" thing. It has nothing to do with the gun owner. Anyone and everyone has the ability to get these weapons from you. And then these things happen. This is why they are ridiculous. And unnecessary. I live in the ghetto and someone could break into my home at any time-I don't fucking care. That's the risk you run when you exist on this planet. Saying you "need" guns to "protect your family" is a shitty excuse. So is, "Guns don't kill people". When is this shit going to stop happening?

Cindy Lou Hubert
Cindy Lou Hubert

Didn't westword already post this article like 2 weeks ago?

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

What's even sadder is this isn't surprising. We need more proud parents than proud weapon owners.

Daniel S Moore
Daniel S Moore

Unfortunately proud gun owner and responsible gun owner aren't the same thing. Non of my guns have ever hurt anyone.

Eric Delgado
Eric Delgado

A trigger lock is $10! A ammo lock box $10! Buy it and stop this craziness. Safety is PRICELESS!

Lindy Monroe
Lindy Monroe

Terribly tragic for the little boy who was innocent. And his so called "responsible gun owner" mother should have to do time PERIOD. And this shoul happen to everyone who's child dies or kills another child or person period!! People think guns are the way. Well maybe that will change if they have consequences for their awful choices!! I can only pray that this becomes a trend that sticks!!

Natalei Brooke
Natalei Brooke

And she probably wouldn't have been charged if SHE HADN'T LEFT A TWO YEAR OLD HOME ALONE. That alone tells you what type of person she is.

Mark J. Pastika
Mark J. Pastika

This idiot gives responsible gun owners a bad name...

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

So... is she still super pro-gun? I wonder about all these people who this happens too, if they still promote the proliferation of guns, or what?

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Melissa- See that big thing that look's like a Jet plane over your head....VROOM!

Virginia Meadow
Virginia Meadow

All adults who leave a firearm where a child can find it should go to prison for a long while.

Matt Versteeg
Matt Versteeg

I'll bet the Denver Westword calls themselves unbiased...

D Pops Hockaday
D Pops Hockaday

who leaves a small child unattended .. Child neglect and rightfully charged as such . There is a huge difference between being a proud gun owner and a responsible gun owner ..

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Heather Oulliber, curious, how many people keep bleach in their home for the purpose of self-defense?

Frank Catalfano
Frank Catalfano

don't you think she is suffering enough , enough is enough already

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

It's both. The big is a huge part of this report.

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

Pools aren't created to kill thus they're not weapons that need to be regulated. I challenge anyone to invade a country or rob a bank with a pool.

Tom Spain
Tom Spain

I can't even comment on this without a fiasco. Guns are not the problem. When are we going to make a law against stupid people having stupid children. I've seen a lot more problems created by irresponsible parenting than irresponsible gun ownership. I want there to be a background and licensing process for procreation long before gun registration. You can fuck up the world much worse by irresponsible parenting than by owning firearms.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Cars, cigarettes, and Rx drugs are not DESIGNED to be weapons, Josh (despite all three being more heavily regulated than firearms). Nice false comparison. Fucking morAn.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

An irresponsible parent with a gun, mind you. Let's make a comparison. A crazed loon with a kitchen knife vs. a crazed loon with a variant AR-15 rifle & high capacity magazine. A teen randomly comes across a stray gun on a grassy field vs. another that stumbles upon a switch blade. Which one carries the most potential danger to life? It is painfully obvious that the gun does. Stupid Ignorant Cunt.

Chelly Serna
Chelly Serna

You can blame bathtubs, pools, prescription pills, cars, bleach, cigarettes, or whatever you come up with that children can accidentally die from, but whether you gun enthusiasts like it or not NONE of those items were designed to kill. So, get off your high horse and stop acting like guns are the epitome of safety.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Just so sad that's y I I keep my lock

Mary Jarrett
Mary Jarrett

This story will be replaced by another soon in our mind, but the mother will live with the guilt the rest of her life. No matter what she says to others, she knows exactly what happened.

Roberta J Repasz
Roberta J Repasz

so sad that the boy had to die for the reckless behavior of the mother. :(

Heather Oulliber
Heather Oulliber

You're right this exact situation wouldn't have happened. A two year old was left at home alone! There's no way he could have stuck a knife in a socket, drank bleach, fallen down the stairs, jumped out a window, walked outside and gotten hit by a bus, no no none of these things are possible. I forgot guns are the only things that can kill. Way to go proving your point.

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

sure, without the gun, this totally still would have happened......it's a gun, it can kill, am I missing something?

Hannah Kolz Perotti
Hannah Kolz Perotti

Let her rot in a cell and let her think about her negligence and stupidity everyday. She obviously was not the least bit concerned about her child's well being.

Jerry Ragan
Jerry Ragan

your right Aaron.... pride has nothing to do with a gun. it's our right to own a gun. i'm a hunter and collector. more of a fisherman then hunter. but what i'm more proud of is the catch or the shot. that gets placed on the table for my family to eat. and that's why we thank God for the food we eat tonight......

Jerry Ragan
Jerry Ragan

you have a good point. but all guns are to be registered by owner. and all hunters go through a hunter safety course before hunting...... maybe there should be more courses for every owner of a gun. i took my first hunting safety course when i was 8 years old. i'm 55 now and every gun i own is under lock and key.

Paul Alexander
Paul Alexander

If you aren't willing to register a gun and can't pass a background check, you shouldn't have a gun. Simple as that.

Josh Nadler
Josh Nadler

I still don't understand why it's just a given that you need to register your car, and all sales, and take a written and practical test to get a license to use it, but to suggest the same for guns leads to the slippery slope argument that the government will take away your guns. I think registration and licensing will protect the responsible gun owners, because I'm not sure this woman would've passed the test.

Betel Eli Guese
Betel Eli Guese

More kids drown in there own bathtub then from gun accidents in the home. I say a learning experience from this for parents to teach kids there guns arnt toys. Any RESPONSIBLE gun owner will teach there kid its NOT A TOY. If your kid goes near it SPANK THEM. DISAPLEN THEM. DONT BE AFRAID TO.

jcoen620
jcoen620

You made the comparison in this post.  I don't see anyone saying that a gun is any less dangerous than a knife so you are essentially creating an argument for yourself.  Whomever states that guns are safe is incorrect.  They are designed to kill and this particular issue isn't anything beyond the fact that irresponsible people have access to a tool that is meant to kill.  There is no amount of legislature that will take guns off the streets.  They are here to stay and we have learn how to be responsible for the actions that we commit.  Leaving a loaded gun out in full access of young children is ignorant and the result of that ignorance is a dead child.  9,865 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2012, just as many were killed by guns nationwide.  Was it the car that killed these people or was it the ignorance of people that got behind the wheel while drunk?  How many of those killed in those accidents were children?  Where are the calls for prohibition to come back so we can end all of this?  Lastly, why name call over a situation like this?  When did we get to the point of ignorance that we decide to call each other the most horrific names we can think of over an opinion?  There is no doubt that cowards like you have become so unbelievably prevalent on these postings that we have begun to think that these actions are acceptable.  No recourse will come to you and your statements bring no value to anyone that reads them.  Try and do something fruitful with your time instead of simply making a ridiculous statement and then hiding in the digital hole from which you came.  I pray for our country that we we have not become what is represented on the comments to this story...

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