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Jun 11, 2018

Father Accidentally Turns Pellet Gun on Baby Son; Will Charges Be Filed?

Wilfredo Ferrufino

A most troubling report came out of the quiet village of Gales Point Manatee this weekend when it was discovered that a newborn had been injured in the lower back after being shot with a pellet gun.  Four-month-old Dashawn Dwehene was accidentally wounded by his father on Saturday when he reportedly discharged the air rifle inside their home.  Baby Dashawn was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital, before being transferred to the K.H.M.H. for medical attention.  According to eighteen-year-old Tyreeka Welch, they were inside the house when her common-law husband Lincoln Dwehene went into the bedroom to retrieve the pellet gun.  Not realizing that the weapon was off safety, he pulled the trigger, discharging the rifle.  Despite the injury that the infant has suffered, police have not filed any charges against him.  Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino told the media at this morning’s press brief that they are awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions on how to proceed with the matter.


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“On Saturday, June ninth, Dangriga police visited the Southern Regional Hospital and they encountered a four-month-old child suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the left, lower back.  The mother of the child, Tyreeka Welch, an eighteen-year-old resident of Gales Point, reported to police that sometime that day the father of the child, Lincoln Dwehene, a nineteen-year-old of the same village, picked up a pellet gun and pointed it at the child, not realizing that the weapon was loaded and not on safety.  He pulled the trigger and inflicted the injury on the child.  The baby is at the hospital at K.H.M.H. in a stable condition is expected to recover.  The matter is being investigated.  Well charges, depending on the certification of the medico-legal form, then that would be the charges that would be levied on the father.”


Isani Cayetano

“Despite this not being a, quote on quote, real firearm can’t there be charges of negligence being brought against the father for discharging the firearm, at least in the presence of the minor?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“As you indicated, it’s not a firearm, however, I am sure that the investigators will be seeking advice from the D.P.P.’s office and whatever additional charges that can be levied will be levied.”



“Yeah, it’s a sport gun I think they are called.  In this case, do you all have any awareness of what he picked up the gun for?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“I don’t have any details in regards to why he picked up the firearm.”

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1 Response for “Father Accidentally Turns Pellet Gun on Baby Son; Will Charges Be Filed?”

  1. Fungus says:

    Stupid young father and uneducated young mother to tolerate that behaviour, child services should be all over this cast..or next time it will a real gun and two dead bodies they will find..time to purge belize.

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