Columbiana woman charged with child abuse
Published 3:58 pm Monday, July 6, 2015
By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer
COLUMBIANA – A Columbiana woman arrested and charged with one felony count of child abuse on July 2 has been released from jail on a $5,000 bond.
Breanna Raelyn Doss, 24, allegedly “did torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat, or otherwise willfully maltreat” a child under age 18 “by hands or other weapons (and) caused numerous severe deep tissue bruises upon the victim’s body,” on June 27, according to her arrest warrant.
Doss, who lists an address on Golden Road in Columbiana, was arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail on July 2. She was released on bond later that day.
Prior to Doss’s arrest, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the Shelby County Department of Human Resources on June 27, SCSO Lt. Clay Hammac said.
“They brought it to our attention, at which point the complaint was investigated by our criminal investigations unit,” Hammac said.
Owens House, a child advocacy organization, conducted an interview with the victim, Hammac said.
“After the Owens House interview, DHR, the (Shelby County) district attorney and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office collaborated, and we viewed the facts of the case and the Owens House interview with the victim, which all resulted in warrants being signed against Ms. Doss,” Hammac said.
Hammac noted the importance of the SCSO’s partnership with Shelby County DHR and Owens House, and said, “They both play integral parts in cases like this.”
Child abuse is a Class C felony. If convicted, Doss could face up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $15,000, according to Alabama law.