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Jul 11, 2017

Former Hawaii neighbor of Doehms reveals extent of child abuse

As the coverage of this very tragic death continues, a former neighbor of the Doehms provides details on the life of the couple in Hawaii before they moved to San Pedro. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

In the face of a dead sexually abused thirteen-year-old Asian American girl, there has been relentless outcry from persons who knew Faye Lin Cannon, her three sisters and their parents. Following charges against the couple, David and Anke Doehm, for possession of a controlled drug on Monday in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court, they were re-arrested pending further investigations into Cannon’s death. An autopsy has revealed that the child was killed; inside their luxury apartment at Grand Caribe north of San Pedro Town.


Supt. Henry Jemmott

Supt. Henry Jemmott, Regional Commander, Coastal Executive Unit [File: July 6th 2017]

“The cause of the death from the post-mortem is compression on the chest causing internal haemorrhage; asphyxia. So at this time we are treating it as a homicide or murder and we are doing our utmost best to investigate this last incident that has occurred in San Pedro.”


This morning just after ten o’clock, the Doehms were removed from San Pedro and brought to Belize City. Just after eleven a.m. and under police guard, they arrived on a private skiff to the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. With the help of officers they covered their faces with a black raincoat, and were whisked further down the Haulover Creek where they disembarked. The couple walked through the Center Point Building that houses the Traffic and Civil Suits Court. Moments later, they were escorted into the cab of a police pickup truck and taken to the Queen Street Police Station. The motive for their transfer to the City, is unclear, but the thinking is that they will be furthered interviewed here.

But while the investigation into the murder of Faye Lin continues, there are fresh details about the Doehms. Now the couple moved to Belize with the sisters back in 2014 from Kaneohe, Hawaii. But according to Cara Barber, who, along with her family, shared a duplex with the Doehms between 2011 and 2012, David is not the adopted father of the children. In a one-on-one  interview with News Five, Barber says that she reported the Doehms to the police and Child Protective Services in Hawaii due to the serious concerns for the safety and welfare of the girls.


On the Phone: Cara Barber, Ex-Neighbor of the Doehms

On the Phone: Cara Barber

“When they moved in next to us, we expected it to be normal; they seemed normal. In fact at that time, David Doehm worked for a popular insurance company in Hawaii and he was even featured in some their commercial. So he seemed very outgoing, very out there. Right off the bat, they started being rude and complaining, being combative and hostile with us. And that just set the wrong tone from the beginning. It was very awkward. What that eventually led to is a temporary restraining order that the police recommended that I get the court to issue to protect my family and I from David and Anke Doehm.”


Barber says that the Doehms did not allow their children to social and as was the case here in Belize, they weren’t enrolled in school. She says that she was devastated when she learned of Faye Lin’s murder, but wasn’t surprised because she and her family witnessed the aggression of David and how the girls were treated.

On the Phone: Cara Barber

“My family my children, we feared them, but we also were very fearful for the children because we didn’t understand how they could even be responsible for the care of children. They didn’t seem interested in it, they had no concern for their safety, no concern for their education; they didn’t care about them. My impression was that she had this clothing company and potentially adopted them for the sole purpose of making them work for her clothing company. I don’t know…I’m just saying what else did they do? When I learned the news, immediately it just makes sense. We saw, we witnessed David’s physical aggression, his immediate…like goes from nice to hostile in like just one second. His temperament is way off, very scary. So it seemed like this was going to happen; it’s just a matter of when. I was so glad to hear that other families had reported them. I just wish more could have been done—both in the states and there. My impression of the girls were that they were sweet girls in a terrible situation. And the mental abuse was probably the worst. I wasn’t surprise to hear about the sexual abuse too.”

Barber says that the other siblings, who are currently under the care of the Human Services Department and the U.S. Embassy, are likely to be traumatized and may know of the abuse of Faye Lin.  Human Services and the Police say that an investigation continues to see if they other girls were also abused.


Supt. Henry Jemmott [File: July 6th, 2017]

“The Human Development Office has been working in collaboration with us and with the U.S. Embassy, because these children are U.S. citizens. So we are working with them also to further the investigation to also check if they were sexually abused. If so, then we will do our best to investigate that as well. The children are presently with the Human Development and a counsellor from the U.S. Embassy will be also taking custody of these children and having see their safe care for the duration as the investigation continues.”

Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Former Hawaii neighbor of Doehms reveals extent of child abuse”

  1. Belizean pride says:

    Even with this concern neighbor calling from Hawaii bring out more evidence of abuse from there lets see what our little police department will do. They never find good evidence or it will be lost somewhere in the sea being transferred from San Pedro to the City jejejeje. What else can we expect from this police.

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