Wichita father charged in 6-month-old son's death

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A Wichita man has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his 6-month-old son

Dorl Gwyn was charged Friday in the death of Jazz Gwyn, who died at a local hospital on Tuesday. Police say the boy's parents took him to the hospital that morning after he quit breathing. 

"The father had told the hospital staff that he was shadow boxing and roughhousing with the child," Lt. Todd Ojile said during a media briefing on Wednesday. 

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

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. 

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 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.

Gwyn's next court date was scheduled for April 26. He remains jailed on $500,000 bond. 

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

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