Man, 41, charged with abusing 10-year-old

 

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A juvenile was treated and released at a local hospital and a 41-year-old Alabaster man is facing up to 10 years in prison after an alleged incident of child abuse in the city’s Navajo Hills neighborhood in late November.

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The Alabaster Police Department arrested Philip Wayne Workman, who lists an address on West Navajo Drive, on Dec. 21 and charged him with one felony count of willful abuse of a child younger than 18.

The arrest came about a month after a Nov. 28 incident was reported to the Shelby County Department of Human Resources, who investigated the case and determined criminal charges were warranted, said Alabaster Police Lt. Grant Humphries.

The 10-year-old victim in the case was treated and released from the hospital after the incident, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

“It was a pretty clear-cut case of child abuse in this case,” Humphries said during a Dec. 22 interview.

Willful abuse of a child is a Class C felony, and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison upon conviction, according to Alabama law.

As of Dec. 22, Workman was being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $15,000 bond.