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