Hokes Bluff man arrested on child abuse charge

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – The Etowah County Sheriff's Department says they have made an arrest in connection to a child abuse incident in Hokes Bluff.

32-year-old James Brian Payne was arrested and charged with one count of willful abuse of a child for an incident that happened between September 27th and October 1st. The sheriff's office says a family reported Payne to authorities. The victim is said to be a 4-year-old female.

Payne was held at the Etowah County Detention Center before being released on bond.

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