Child abuse suspect’s charge headed to trial

Published 3:09 pm Monday, August 31, 2015

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBANA – A 26-year-old woman who has pleaded not guilty to allegedly causing brain damage to her infant son is set to stand trial on an aggravated child abuse charge, according to Shelby County Circuit Court records.



In an order filed on Aug. 31, Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves ordered the case against Caitlin Gregory Lunceford, who lists an address on Harpers Dairy Loop in Bessemer and previously listed an address in the 500 block of Windsor Court in Alabaster, to be “continued generally to await placement on the court’s next available pretrial docket.”

As of Aug. 31, no future court dates had been set in the case.

A Shelby County grand jury returned a one-count indictment of aggravated child abuse against Lunceford during its October 2014 term. She entered a plea of not guilty to one count of aggravated child abuse on Dec. 1, 2014, according to court records.

According to Lunceford’s indictment, she allegedly abused her infant son, who was about 2 months old and in Lunceford’s care at the time of the incident, by “striking and/or hitting and punching and/or shaking the victim.” Lunceford’s arrest warrant claimed she caused “brain damage” to the infant during the Jan. 11, 2014, incident.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Lunceford on Jan. 23, 2014, and charged her with aggravated child abuse, a Class B felony. The suspect was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $30,000 bond the day after her arrest.

In February 2014, Lunceford requested a previous court order denying her contact with her child be lifted, and requested she be allowed supervised visitation for one hour three nights per week. According to court documents no ruling has been entered on the matter.

In a motion filed in September 2014, Lunceford’s attorneys, Barry and Lara Alvis, again requested Lunceford be granted supervised visitation with the child, claiming “The failure of the child to spend time with its mother can create significant long-term adverse consequences with the child.”