Child Abuse

Mother and Boyfriend Charged in Death of Toddler

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Police in Mobile say child abuse by a mother and her boyfriend killed a three-year-old boy. Tatanya Edwards turned herself in on Friday and Abraham Hatch turned himself in on Sunday, Mobile police charge Edwards with felony murder and Hatch with capital murder. Both remain jailed Monday. The boy died Wednesday in a Mobile hospital after…

Montgomery Police Officer Facing Child Abuse Charges, Placed on Administrative Leave

Montgomery police have initiated disciplinary proceedings against a fellow officer. Montgomery police officer, Horton Owens, 35, faces Child Abuse charges. The Montgomery Police Department launched an investigation on Monday, March 15 after receiving notice from the Municipal Court Magistrates Office. MPD immediately relieved Owens of his duties. MPD also placed him on administrative leave. Owens joined MPD in 2018 as…

Mr. Sandman Mattress Outlet Owner Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Mr. Sandman Mattress Superstore owner, David Justice, has been arrested on two counts of Sex Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 12. Police say the actions occurred between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2019 in the 3700 block of Lancaster Lane. Justice, 68, arrested on August 5, has a $60,000 bond. He is in the Montgomery County…

Local Advocacy Center Raises Awareness for Child Abuse, Neglect

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Every ten seconds, a child abuse report is made to a local agency. Those reports result in millions of child abuse cases each year. The Pike Regional Advocacy Center in Troy is just one many state-wide services that offer support to child abuse victims. “We interview victims who have been sexually abused, as well…

Montgomery Jail Corrections Officer Charged with Choking Girlfriend During Domestic Dispute

Montgomery police charged Caleb Provitt, 24, with domestic violence strangulation and child abuse in reference to a domestic dispute that occurred on Feb. 14 shortly after midnight in the 6000 block of Monticello Drive. The adult female victim says that during a physical altercation she was choked and bitten by her boyfriend, Provitt. She sustained minor injuries. Provitt was present…

Millbrook Man Accused of Abusing and Suffocating 2-Month-Old Baby

A Millbrook man is behind bars after allegedly suffocating and abusing a 2-month-old baby. Court records allege that William Burch Jr., 27, struck and suffocated the baby girl multiple times, inflicting repeated abuse. Incidents of the abuse were caught on camera. Three videos showed the 2-month-old victim being stuck with open hands and being suffocated. The report indicated in one…

Officials hold Child Abuse Forum at Goodwin Middle

Officials with Montgomery Public Schools and Child Protect along with representatives from various law enforcement agencies held a child abuse forum at Goodwin Middle School today. Many People can tell the obvious signs of child abuse. “marks to the skin, problems that they may be having just doing mundane activities, also changes in behavior” But , what about the not…