Warrant: Woman struck child in face with belt

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 31-year-old North Shelby woman has been released from the Shelby County Jail on a $15,000 bond after she allegedly struck a child in the face with a belt in August.

Guest

Guest

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Starlette Marteece Guest, who lists an address in the 1200 block of Morning Sun Drive in North Shelby, on Oct. 9 and charged her with one felony count of child abuse.

According to her arrest warrant, Guest, “being the natural parent, step-parent, adoptive parent, legal guardian, custodian or a person who had the permanent or temporary care” of an 11-year-old child allegedly struck the child in the face with a belt on Aug. 28.

According to Alabama law, a person commits child abuse when they “torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat, or otherwise willfully maltreat any child under the age of 18 years.”

Child abuse is a Class C felony, and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison upon conviction. Guest is scheduled to appear in the Shelby County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 26 at 8:30 a.m.