Wichita father arrested in death of 6-month-old son

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have arrested a man for murder and child abuse in the death of his 6-month-old son.

Officers were called at around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday to the report of a child in extremely critical condition at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph. Lt. Todd Ojile said officers learned the child's mother and father took him to the hospital. 

"The father had told the hospital staff that he was shadow boxing and roughhousing with the child -- that the child had stopped breathing," Lt. Ojile said. 

The boy was pronounced dead just before 11 a.m., about 45 minutes after arriving at the hospital. An autopsy determined the boy had suffered severe internal injuries.

The baby's 28-year-old father was interviewed by detectives and later taken into custody.

Jail records show Dorl Gwyn was booked just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for first-degree murder, child abuse and a parole violation. His bond was set at $500,000. 

Ojile said the mother was in the home at the time of the alleged incident but she did not witness the alleged "shadow boxing." A 3-year-old child was in the home and two others, ages 6 and 8, were at school. The 3-year-old was with the mother on Wednesday and the other two were with relatives. 

The Kansas Department of Corrections website states Gwyn is currently on post-release for convictions of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal threat. He also has a prior conviction of flee and elude. He was last released in November.

Family members were devastated by the boy's death, identifying him as Jazz.

"He would look at us and then smile. And he was getting ready to crawl and walk," said Keona Bradley, the boy's aunt. "I don't understand. Jazz didn't do nothing to nobody."

Jazz's grandmother, Karen Bradley, was outside the apartment when the boy started screaming and stopped breathing.

"I'm trying to keep it together," she said. She recalled when she heard the screams she tried to go inside to see what was happening, but said she was stopped by Gwyn.

The boy's death is Wichita's 13th homicide of 2018.

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