Wynter Dobbins

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Wynter Mariah Dobbins (born January 29, 2014) is a girl who was born at home during the 2014 winter storm.

Wynter was the third child born to Darshay Jones and her boyfriend of six years, Byron Dobbins. She was due in mid-February, but Jones began experiencing contractions early on Wednesday morning while at home on Brussels Circle in Gate City.

Jones called 911 for an ambulance to take her to the hospital. Due to icy conditions, however, the ambulance slid off the road and was unable to continue. Birmingham Police Department dispatcher Keniquia Rutledge, later assisted by paramedics, talked Dobbins through the delivery over the phone. Wynter was delivered at 2:18. A police cruiser arrived at the home around 4:30 and took the mother and daughter to UAB Hospital for observation. Overwhelmed with suggested names based on the circumstances, the parents settled on "Wynter", the "y" reflecting the one in her father's name.

Less than a month later, Dobbins' parents were both arrested in connection with what appeared to be a 3-year-old's accidental self-inflicted shooting on the same street. Byron Dobbins took the child, his cousin's son, to Trinity Medical Center, but left before police arrived to investigate. He was later arrested and charged with first-degree assault. Dobbins' mother, Elisie Wilson, and his girlfriend, Jones, told police they didn't know where Dobbins was. They were both charged with hindering the investigation and released on bond.


  • Robinson, Carol (January 30, 2014) "'She's a little celebrity' says mom of baby Wynter born at home in aftermath of snow storm." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (February 24, 2014) "Man charged in shooting of 3-year-old Birmingham boy." The Birmingham News