Child Abuse

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…

Boys Uncles Charged in Prattville Child Abuse Case

Two more family members have been arrested after a teenager was found naked and chained in his Prattville home last month. Authorities say it’s two of the the boy’s uncles. Douglas Gene Phillips (left) and Matthew Allen Phillips (right)  are each facing one count of aggravated child abuse after their arrests Friday. Douglas Gene Phillips, charged with aiding and abetting…

Boy Found Chained In Home Is “Severely Mentally Handicapped”, Uncle Says

Authorities say an anonymous tip lead them to a home on County Road 46 in Prattville where they found a 13-year-old boy naked, with chains padlocked around his ankles. The boys’ mother step-father and grandmother are now charged with torture and willful abuse of child under 18. Investigators with the Autauga County Sheriff’s Department said injuries on the boy’s legs…

Selma Couple Charged in Child’s Violent Death

Charges have been filed in against a man and a woman in the brutal death of a 23-month-old child. The child was pronounced dead shortly after being brought to the Vaughn Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Selma in August 2017. An autopsy conducted by the Alabama Department of Forensic Science determined that child’s death was caused by multiple blunt force…

Boaz Woman Charged With Drugging Child Before School

Authorities say an Alabama woman is charged with drugging a 5-year-old boy before dropping him off at school. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Department says 41-year-old Margaret Ann Elchin of Boaz was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated child abuse. Officials say the woman gave the child a pill that caused him to lose consciousness at times and have slurred…

Dozens Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Dozens of people from Alabama and Georgia have been arrested on child exploitation charges including one person from the river region. The arrests come after a joint operation between authorities in Alabama and Georgia. In all, 31 people were taken into custody, including 11 in Alabama. The following is the official press release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency: ‘Operation…