A Collinsville couple is in the Etowah County Detention Center following their arrest on one count each of Child Abuse in connection with the alleged mistreatment of their foster child.
Both 48 year old Garren Dodd McDonald and Shelley Lanette McDonald, age 43, were taken into custody on June 28th.
Investigator Brandi Fuller said DHR notified the sheriff’s office back on May 19th that an 18 month old foster child was possibly being abused by his foster parents, and at that point, an investigation was launched. Afterwards, warrants were obtained for the couple. The arrest warrants stated the couple “…did torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat or otherwise willfully maltreat said child, by neglecting the child by failing to properly feed him, causing him to be malnourished.”
The McDonalds were booked into jail on $10,000 cash bond each – and were released after meeting bond. As a condition of that bond, they are not allowed to have any children living in their home, and are prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.