Niagara Gazette


November 5, 2012

Three children under the age of 4 left alone with a sawed-off shotgun.


Niagara Gazette — As the officers stepped into the bedroom to check on the little boy and little girl, Caldwell saw an open closet door just a few feet from the children's heads and made a shocking discovery.

"Right there, lying on the floor of the closet was a sawed-off shotgun," Caldwell said. "I mean it was one of those things where you see it and you can't believe what you're looking at."

Henderson said he picked the shotgun up to move it away from the children.

"I looked at it and I thought, it can't be loaded," the veteran RAC officer said. "But then I checked it and, oh yeah, it's loaded and there were four rounds (of shotgun shells) in there."

The officers called for a case worker from Child Protective Services and Henderson went back outside to see if any adults had come back to the home. At this point, the officers said they had been on the call for more than 45 minutes.

"When I went outside, I saw two women standing across the street," Henderson said. "When I approached them, they split up and started running in opposite directions."

Henderson managed to collar Shamara Nay Winn. The officer told Winn that police were investigating a 1-year-old child found wandering the streets and she told him she had an infant son that she had left with another woman in the Sixth Street home.

After seeing a photo of the child, Winn told Henderson that was her son.

"She told me that she had left the child with the (occupant) of the apartment and gone to drink with some friends at Crick Court," Henderson said. 

As Henderson continued to question Winn, several other women, including the occupant of the apartment, Angela Maxwell, arrived on the scene. They told a different story than Winn.

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