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Jul 10, 2017

Faye Lin Cannon’s Adopted Parents Charged Over Valium

David & Anke Doehm

The death of thirteen-year-old American national Faye Lin Cannon has sent shockwaves across the country. The teenager was found dead and a post mortem exam determined that she was physically and sexually abused – allegedly at the hands of her adopted parents’ business owners David and Anke Doehm. The couple has been in police custody pending investigation as the prime suspects in the death of the child. It has been a week since the teen was discovered dead inside her room and no charges have been levied so when police found a small amount of a class c drug – Diazapam – essentially valium used to for a calming effect for anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal and muscle spasms – the Doehms were hauled before the court so that police can have more time to investigate the death with the two in detention. One of the parents was released and re-detained after court today, the other remained detained. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports from the Magistrate’s Court in San Pedro.


David Doehm

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

David and Anke Doehm, the adopted parents and the primary suspects in the death of thirteen-year-old Faye Lin Cannon appeared in the San Pedro Magistrate court today. They were there to answer to a lesser, unrelated charge – a small quantity of controlled drug – about point one seven ounces – found in their condo. When they appeared in court today, Anke Doehm plead not guilty, while David Doehm plead guilty to the charge of possession of a controlled drug. Anke was released but shortly detained outside the police station. David was unable to meet his one hundred and eight-dollar court fine, and remains detained. It is lawful way to keep the Doehm’s detained as investigations continue into Faye Lin’s death which police is still treating as a murder.


Anke Doehm

Supt. Henry Jemmott, Regional Commander, Coastal Executive Unit

“Both family members have been charged for possession of a controlled drugs which is value which was at the house at the time the police did the search. With that, we have put the file together and sent to the D.P.P. and she has all the pertinent evidence to try and say if we will lay charges. So, she will be the person to assist us with that.”



“So, that particular controlled drug, you need to have a prescription for it, right?”


Supt. Henry Jemmott




“Did they have any prescriptions?”


Henry Jemmott

Supt. Henry Jemmott

“I cannot comment on that. I am not sure if they had.”



“Can you say the quantity?”


Supt. Henry Jemmott

“The quantity, I think is five grams or three grams.”



“Is this some sort of holding partner so that Police have lawful grounds to hold them for Faye Lin’s death?”


Supt. Henry Jemmott



Faye Lin Cannon

But there are a lot of questions surrounding the tragic death of the teen. While Belize Police areleading the case, the F.B.I. is also assisting.


Supt. Henry Jemmott

“We had additional personnel on the ground, over the weekend, assisting us in all angles of recording statements; getting all the evidence that we need to submit to the D.P.P. and if necessary, if she wants more to stuff for us to submit to her, then we can do that. But, I can tell you that everything that we have gathered so far we have sent up to her.”



“Is there any truths to reports that F.B.I. is assisting in this case?”


Supt. Henry Jemmott

“Well, yes, they are. It is a U.S. national and so they are assisting to a certain extent. But I must tell you that the B.P.D. takes the lead on any cases that happen within Belize.  From what we are seeing, it might be an isolated case. We have investigated a whole lot but there are a still a lot of questions to be asked. There are still a lot of questions to be asked about the whole investigation in its entirety as well. So, there is still a lot more to ask.”


Faye Lin Cannon was found dead last Monday at her family’s condo. She had extensive bruises to the body and medical reports showed that she was physically and sexually abused. Her adopted parents are the primary suspects. But her family alleged that she was mentally ill and harmed herself, but residents on the island refute that claim. Residents claim that Faye Lin and her three sisters were allegedly abused at the hands of their parents and the authorities didn’t follow up the matter as they should have. The teenager’s death has sparked outrage within the san Pedro community and two protests in the last few days.  Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


Faye Lin’s three other sisters have been in the care of the Human Services. Police say that some tests are to be conducted to determine if the three girls were also abused. 

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3 Responses for “Faye Lin Cannon’s Adopted Parents Charged Over Valium”

  1. asdfgh says:

    What a great loss of a young life that will not see the world. Sorry one had to die in order to get the law and concerned personel involved.
    An example of so many shouts crying and warnings falling on deaf ears !

  2. Cara Barber says:

    The Court issued a 3-year Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Doehms in 2011 to protect my family & I from the Doehms. We were neighbors, sharing the same duplex in Kaneohe, Hawaii from 2010 – 2011. Although our daughter & Faye were about the same age, they never met, talked or played because the Doehms did not socialize or even send their adopted daughters to school. I often wondered if Anke adopted them to work for her clothing company, as that appeared to be the only thing they did.

    One night, David inexplicably threw huge trash bins & their contents onto our van & all over our carport. My kids & I were home alone & terrified. While on the phone with my husband, 2 police came to our door. They advised David & Anke Doehm had accused me of throwing huge trash bins, damaging my own van & taking lewd photos of their adoptive daughters through their bedroom window. Thankfully, the police recognized the Doehms were not sane & strongly recommended that I get a TRO to protect my family ASAP. Although no one expected more than a 6 month TRO, the Court issued a 3-year TRO against the Doehms. Thereafter, David & Anke instructed their adopted daughters to start altercations with us.

    From their front porch, I saw Anke instruct their little, adopted girls to run up to & start kicking our van as we pulled into our driveway on multiple occasions. It was terrifying to see these reluctant & fearful little girls do something so dangerous that they didn’t want to do, but had to. Fearing for their safety, I called Child Protective Services (CPS) & reported the potential abuse & exploitation of the Doehms’ adopted daughters.

    The lead CPS agent directed me to call him immediately after the Doehms violated their TRO so he could personally rescue their adopted daughters. He gave me his personal home & cell numbers so I could reach him anytime, day or night. But we moved shortly thereafter, as we could not continue living next to such vile & terrifying people, David & Anke Doehm. Even so, I never stopped worrying about those little girls.

    I was devastated to learn of Faye’s death or murder this morning. The pure hell she & her adopted sisters must have endured all these years is horrifying. I pray Faye finds herself in her God’s loving embrace & finally experiences the love & compassion she was denied here on Earth. I also pray her adopted sisters are rescued from the Doehms’ prison camp & given the chance to thrive in normal, loving homes. They will need lots of time & opportunity to recover from the years of abuse & indoctrination they’ve suffered, especially now that their sister & likely protector was murdered. I hope the truth is revealed & David & Anke’s reign of terror finally ends, for good.

  3. Mike G says:

    Unfortunately, the BPD does not have the expertise to investigate and successfully prosecute this type of case. They will undoubtedly foul the evidence and jeopardize a conviction. Remember, their conviction rate is very dismal.

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