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Man charged in toddler's shooting also father of baby 'Wynter' born in ice storm

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Byron Dobbins. Source: Birmingham Police Department Byron Dobbins. Source: Birmingham Police Department
Birmingham police say Byron Dobbins is also the father of 'Baby Wynter,' the little girl born at home during the Jan. 28 snow and ice storm. Birmingham police say Byron Dobbins is also the father of 'Baby Wynter,' the little girl born at home during the Jan. 28 snow and ice storm.
Darshay Jones, Byron Dobbins' girlfriend. Source: Birmingham Police Department Darshay Jones, Byron Dobbins' girlfriend. Source: Birmingham Police Department
Elisie Wilson, Byron Dobbins' mother. Source: Birmingham Police Department Elisie Wilson, Byron Dobbins' mother. Source: Birmingham Police Department
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham police now believe a three-year-old injured in a shooting last week did not accidentally shoot himself, but was shot by the man who owned the gun.

Police have charged the gun owner, 24-year-old Byron Dobbins, with first degree assault in the case.

"We believe, based on our investigation, that the three-year-old did not shoot himself. We don't believe it was self-inflicted," Lt. Sean Edwards with BPD said.

Lt. Edwards says they have not yet determined if the shooting was intentional or accidental. Sgt. Edwards added that Dobbins isn't talking to police.

Police are relying on evidence, saying if it was a self-inflicted wound, there would have been residue on the child's skin.

"Investigators mentioned the doctor said no marks on the child's skin at all, so obviously, the weapon had to be away from the child," Lt. Edwards said.

Dobbins owned the gun that police originally said was placed between the couch cushions at a home in the 600 block of Brussell Circle in Birmingham.

Police initially believed a toddler at that home found the gun and accidentally shot himself in the stomach last Tuesday night around 7 p.m. The child was transported to the hospital and was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Birmingham police tweeted that they spoke with the child's mother on Monday morning. She told police her son is improving well, talking and "eager to get home."

Dobbins is the cousin of the toddler's mother's boyfriend and was visiting the home at the time of the shooting. He is not related to the child.

Byron Dobbins is also the father of baby Wynter Mariah Dobbins, the infant he helped his girlfriend Darshay Jones deliver at home during the Jan. 28 ice storm. The baby was named after the winter storm with a slight twist in spelling: the "y" in her name was for her father Byron, who also has a "y" in his name.

Birmingham officers went to Jones' home to look for Dobbins in connection to the toddler's shooting, but only Jones and Dobbins' mother, Elisie Wilson, were there. They told police they didn't know where Dobbins was.

"They were pretty much adamant they didn't know , hadn't heard from him, hadn't talked to him, didn't know where he was located," Lt. Edwards said.

The next day, Dobbins was seen getting into a car in downtown Birmingham with his girlfriend, Jones, and his mother. Police officers arrested all three of them on Thursday, Feb. 20. Jones and Wilson were arrested for hindering prosecution. Jones and Wilson posted bail and are out of jail, Lt. Edwards said.

Dobbins was charged with first degree assault on Saturday, Feb. 22. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.

Lt. Edwards says they believe a family member had baby Wynter at the time of her parents' arrest. She is now back in custody of her mother, Darshay Jones.

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