ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - An Etowah County man is in custody after being charged with raping a 5-year-old girl.
Shelton Samuel Welch, a 41-year-old Gadsden resident, was charged with one count of first-degree rape.
A family member of the girl reported that Welch allegedly raped the child at a residence on Tabor Road.
He is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on a $400,000 bond. He is also not allowed to have any contact with minors.