Child Abuse

Couple Accused of Forcing Child to Stay Outside Indicted

A grand jury has indicted an Alabama couple accused of forcing their young son to stay outside without food and water for days. Shelby County court records made public Thursday show 33-year-old Matthew Scott Rowe and 34-year-old Catherine Rowe were indicted Tuesday. The pair were arrested in April on child abuse charges. Police said they made their 7-year-old son stay…

Autauga Co. Couple Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating an Aggravated Child Abuse case since July 14, when notified by DHR. The victim is a 6 month male. The victim sustained a series of injuries since early June 2016, that includes bruising, physical wounds, and fractures to both legs and ribs. ARRESTED –9/9/16 (Mother) Jacqueline Breann Lee W/F Age 20 ARRESTED –9/13/16 (Boyfriend) Nicholas…

Elmore Co. Woman Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse Charges

An Elmore County woman has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges, after her son was found injured in the backseat of a car in Florida. 28-year- old Hallee Mcleod pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse. She was arrested last year when her 4-year-old son was found unresponsive in the back seat of her boyfriend’s car in Panama City. The boy…

Montgomery Couple Arrested for Child Abuse

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A couple accused of abusing a child has been arrested. Montgomery police and court records show 26-year-old Heather Brabham and 34-year-old William Kirkpatrick were arrested Tuesday after an ongoing investigation involving the abuse of a female juvenile. Brabham and Kirkpatrick were both charged with aggravated child abuse. Brabham and Kirkpatrick are being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a…

Butler Co. Mother Faces Maximum Sentence on Child Abuse Charges

A Butler County mother who physically and mentally abused her young son is facing maximum prison time. Shelley Norris was sentenced to 20 years of jail time and convicted on one count of aggravated child abuse after several videos showing her beating and screaming at her then four year old son were shown in Butler County Circuit Court. The videos…

Valley Grande Man Convicted of Child Abuse

Jonathan Wilson of Valley Grande, Alabama has been convicted of child abuse. Wilson and his wife Tessie were arrested in 2014 and charged with aggravated abuse. Dallas County Authorities say the couple abused an 11-year-old girl. Investigators say the victim was the couple’s niece — who had been placed in their care about a year ago before they were arrested….

Safe Harbor Recognizes Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness month, a month set aside to remember the youngest victims who may not be able to help themselves. The child advocacy center in Greenville, Safe Harbor,  hosted a balloon release in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse to recognize the day. Child abuse crimes are often thought of as the worst there are, and District Attorney Charlotte…

Lawmakers in Favor of Child Abuse Bill

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee was unanimously in favor of a bill proposed by Senator Clyde Chambliss to enact stiffer penalties against those who commit Aggravated Child Abuse. The bill, known as Winston’s law, was inspired by a case currently being overseen by Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston. Houston asked the State Legislature to increase the penalty of Aggravated Child…