Mother charged in death of Frederick 3-year-old who shot himself

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FREDERICK, Colo. -- The mother of a 3-year-old boy who fatally shot himself in the head was charged with criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death this week.

The Weld County District Attorney's office confirmed the Class 3 felony charge was filed against Dione Warren on Monday night. Warren could serve up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

The district attorney's office said it was Warren who made the emergency call on the night of Oct. 28, summoning officers to her home in the 500 block of Pine Street on a report that her 3-year-old son, later identified at Sheine Steine, had fallen and was bleeding from a head wound.

Steine was rushed to the hospital after officers arrived on scene, but ultimately died of his injuries.

Investigators said they found a gun near the child in the home and “it appeared to have been fired,” but they did not say who shot the gun. Investigators later determined the toddler had accidentally shot himself.

Police said the weapon was a legally-owned .40 caliber Glock, model 23 handgun, and it belonged to the child’s stepfather, who was not at home at the time of the shooting.

The district attorney's office said Steine found the gun inside a mattress frame in Warren's bedroom. Warren had left Steine home alone while taking her older daughter to school, according to investigators.

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44 comments

  • Test

    I can see leaving a 3 year old home alone being criminally negligent. The gun owner has some criminal responsibility in this case as well. You can’t leave a loaded gun stuck inside a bed frame in a house with a toddler. Even if mom is home the kids can get into things.

    It only costs about $100 to get a lockable box to store a handgun. I like the Simplex locks – no batteries, no keys.

  • Kat

    Leave the 3 year old home alone….not locking up your weapons……no excuse for this accident. Poor Sheine. May he rest in peace.

  • Kara Lashway

    A 3 yr old is not responsible to be left home alone even for 1 minute! Common sense!? I have an 11yr old who has a babysitting license who can barely take care of herself let alone would we let her watch others kids untill she & we feel she is ready!! Sheine could have found a hot shot lighter & torched the house & himself….the sky is the limit with a 3yr old! I am sick over his death!! RIP little Man!!

  • Jack Madril

    How many times have we heard “I only left them alone for a few minutes” ? People have no perception of time! If you want a real grip on time and what can be done in a very small period….go turn on your microwave for 30 seconds and then go about doing things in the kitchen until the bell goes off…..see how much you can do in just 30 seconds! It’s a lot longer time than you think!

  • Ca Houde

    She’ll pay the rest of her life…………agree with everyone above: He shouldn’t have been alone, and the gun should have been put away and locked up.

  • j. davis

    Why isn’t the father being charged? It was his gun and he failed to store it irresponsibly? The gun should have been locked in a case, not where a 3-year-old could get to it.

  • Russ D.

    Poor child. This mother needs as much sympathy as criticism at this point– she knows she was wrong, and will pay for this bad string of decisions for the rest of her life. I hope she gets help to deal with this and can eventually move on with her life–always haunted I’m sure, but able to function nonetheless…

  • Rick W

    I’ll bet these people have always thought of themselves as responsible parents and responsible gun owners. Until they weren’t. When will we learn?

  • guninsuranceblog

    I notice this poor child found a Glock which like many other guns does not even have the rudimentary locking button against inadvertent firing usually called a safety. Guns without this device should never be brought into homes. If a law officer uses one as many do, then it should be locked up at the station when the officer is off duty. Many gun aficionados think a safety slows them down in self-defense shootings. To me that’s a desirable feature. But they don’t worry about shooting too quickly, that’s what big magazines are for.

  • eddie

    The kid’s haircut says it all about what kind of “parents” they are. They’ll rationalize and move on with a smile. If there’s insurance money, it will buy more tattoos.

  • Cheryl

    IMHO, I think ALL parents of children who have found loaded guns and shot somebody should all be charged, tried and sent to prison. There should be EXTRA penalties and charges for leaving a child ALONE at home at that young age WITH a loaded, unsecured gun in that house. This goes BEYOND simple negligence. I’d love to see new laws all over the country. These crimes are CAUSED BY THE GUN OWNERS AND PARENTS.

  • Tom

    A GLOCK was fired by a 3-year old with all it’s safeties…

    Something isn’t adding up here if you understand it’s design.

    Weird.

    I’m not making excuse for the poor parenting and negligence but I think there is more to the story…..

    I’m not a Glock fan but they are “Different by Design” and guns only go off when there is a finger on the trigger… and a large enough hand on the grip & trigger to disengage all the safeties on a Glock –

    From their website:
    “The trigger safety is incorporated into the trigger in the form of a lever and when in the forward position, blocks the trigger from moving rearward. To fire the pistol, the trigger safety and the trigger itself, must be deliberately depressed at the same time. If the trigger safety is not depressed, the trigger will not move rearwards and allow the pistol to fire.”

    Doesn’t sound like something a 3yr old can accomplish with such small hands!

    I’m just saying there has to be more to this story than the kid just got hold of this >.40< Glock and had an accident.

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  • Tom

    Ignorant ——-> guninsuranceblog

    December 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I notice this poor child found a Glock which like many other guns does not even have the rudimentary locking button against inadvertent firing usually called a safety. Guns without this device should never be brought into homes. If a law officer uses one as many do, then it should be locked up at the station when the officer is off duty. Many gun aficionados think a safety slows them down in self-defense shootings. To me that’s a desirable feature. But they don’t worry about shooting too quickly, that’s what big magazines are for.

  • sharkdiver

    Hey Elizabeth, more people die in bathtubs every year than accidental shootings in the home. Shall we outlaw bathtubs too you mindless libtard?

    • Linda

      If all you can do is equate bathtubs and guns while calling names like a middle schooler, then you have no argument.

  • David

    Shark diver, can you provide two sources for bathtub deaths versus gun deaths per year, your comment is not supported by any data I have seen.

  • Janice Simmons

    Hey sharkdiver, using words like “libtard” is not going to get you any serious consideration on your comment. The mom in the article lost her baby and will have to go to jail for making a very stupid choice. Didn’t anyone ever tell her not to leave small children alone. My X-mother-in-law told me many, many years ago when I was a brand new mom and just didn’t think. Thank you Wilma, may you rest in peace.

  • Janice Simmons

    To Kj, so then does it mean that if you are ignorant about something, that you also should go to jail for life?

  • Janice Simmons

    Ok I’m missing something here, she called emergency at night, but she left him home alone to take her daughter to school?

  • rebecca

    Anyone who leaves a kid that age alone at home needs to go away for life and with a loaded gun in the home without being put away properly how stupid can u be. Rest in peace little man

  • Bill T

    You people screaming from your pedestals make me sick… This is a tragic accident and nothing more. Did the parents make a mistake? Sure they did and they will be punished for the rest of their lives. And you’re right, there is more to the story then whats being reported. You have drawn your conclusions from a 30 second clip from a source that loves to sensationalize horrible stories. Whether or not the mom left the kid alone is moot, she could have left him in the room and gone to the basement or out to the garage or even down the hall. I am just being real, you cant hover over your kids 24-7. I left my little kids in the house when I was doing yard work because I didn’t want them to get smacked in the eye with a piece of weed wacker trimming line. Does that make me a bad parent? What if the kid fell down the stairs and broke his neck or was in the back yard playing and stabbed is brain with a stick through the eye? Quit throwing stones from the porch of your glass houses and have some compassion for these people. Their son is dead.

  • Rebecca Glesener Davis

    This wasn’t just an accident, Bill. This was a bad decision with terrible consequences. Moot doesn’t work here, either. She LEFT her three-year old alone while she dropped her daughter off at school. There was a loaded gun within the child’s reach. That’s not like going down into the basement for a minute. This is a tragedy and one that could have been avoided. It’s sad, it’s awful, I feel terrible for her. But good grief, you need a license to have a dog, but anyone can have children.

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