Father of son shot at southeast Charlotte home appears in court

Family members say the shooting was an accident.
The courthouse staff said they do not have Warren's next appearance date at this time and to check back on Tuesday.
Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 1:34 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The father of a 4-year-old killed by a gun in his home in southeast Charlotte was in court today.

Dayshawn Warren was arrested earlier in the week and charged with involuntary manslaughter and give/sell a weapon to a minor, after his son Demario Warren, was shot.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police initially said Warren was charged improper storage of a firearm; however, court documents show the charge as give/sell a weapon to a minor; which according to NC General Statute 14-315, is a misdemeanor.

Family spoke in court today on Dayshawn Warren’s behalf, saying he’s a good father and had been the primary caretaker of the little boy and the other children until recently.

“I just pray that something good comes out of this to help him so he can get out and continue doing what he’s doing for his kids. He was working hard, he had them in school, daycare, and anything they needed they had it because of him, nobody helped him, he was by himself,” said Demario’s aunt Zykieha Falls.

Dayshawn Warren appeared via webcam saying, “I made an accident and fell asleep.”

He also repeatedly said he’s suffering and went on to say, “I apologize, I’m already being punished for my son being dead.”

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Demario was staying at his father’s home on Charleston Place with his siblings earlier this week when police say an unsecured gun went off, striking the little boy.

He later died at the hospital.

Police haven’t released any more specific details about the shooting.

Zykieha Falls, who says she’s Demario’s aunt on the mother’s side, said she believes this was all a horrible accident and that the father deserves a second chance.

“He loved his kids. This is nothing but an accident, I swear. Like, he wouldn’t do anything to harm them kids. He was there for them kids; his daughter had surgery and he, you know…so he always been, like, making sure they had everything they needed and wanted. He was just—I don’t know. It’s just an accident, really bad accident,” she said.

Demario’s mother was not in court today. Falls said she couldn’t be in court because she was taking her daughter to a doctor’s appointment.

Warren was given a $25,000 secured bond.