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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a controversial bill that requires chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders before they are released from prison.

The bill, HB 379, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs — such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido — as a condition for parole. Offenders will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it.

Alabama is not the only state to require chemical castration for sex offenders. California passed a chemical castration bill in the 1990s for repeat child sex offenders, and a similar law exists in other states including Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.
Michigan used to have a law mandating chemical castration as a parole condition, but an appeals court in 1984 ruled it unlawful.

Texas, meanwhile, has a law that stipulates an orchiectomy cannot be a condition for parole, and the inmate must request the procedure for it to be performed.

Under the Alabama law, chemical castration treatment is planned to start a month before an inmate is set to be released from prison, and will continue until the court decides it is no longer necessary, according to the bill.

Once released, if the parolee decides to stop receiving the treatment, they will be found in violation of their parole and immediately sent back to prison. Some studies have found that chemical castration of sexual offenders is effective in reducing recidivism in certain cases.

A former Madison County teacher, who is accused of sexting two students and having sex with one of them, has been indicted on five criminal charges.

Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, formerly a special education teacher at Madison County High School, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of a felony charge of engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of distributing obscene material to a student and having sexual contact with a student, according to the indictment issued Friday.

The 22-year-old resigned her position and was arrested earlier this year.

“She’s looking forward to clearing this up and having her day in court,” said defense attorney Robert Tuten.

For now Bates still has a teaching certificate, according to the Alabama State Department of Education.

“Alleged misconduct has been reported to the Department,” state education department records state. “(A)t this time, the Department has not proposed any negative action against the individual’s certification or licensure; this status will be updated as soon as possible.”

Bates is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male student, an investigator wrote in court records. She’s also accused of sending explicit photos to the 17-year-old and a second student, records state. Information about the second student’s age isn’t included in public court filings. Prosecutors have said both students were at least 16 years old, and neither was in special education classes.

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An Alabama mother with an extensive history of drug abuse has been arrested after leaving her toddler son to die in a hot car for more than 17 hours.

Elizabeth Anne Case, 36, was charged with reckless murder in the tragic death of 13-month-old Casen, according to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Highway 251 and Highway 31 on Saturday afternoon where they found the vehicle and toddler.

Both Athens Police and Athens Fire were at the scene in addition to Case and the boy’s grandmother, Theresa Moss.

Case and Moss had both tried to transport Casen to the hospital, according to a release from the department. The toddler was taken to the Athens-Limestone Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Investigators said Case had left the child inside a buckled car seat as she left her residence on East Limestone Road between 9 and 10pm on Friday night. The car seat was not fastened into the vehicle.

The Toney native is said to have traveled to both Limestone and Madison counties so that she could dumpster dive, leaving the toddler inside the vehicle.

Case reportedly returned home at around 5.40am on Saturday and left the baby inside the vehicle as she went to bed.

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A Jefferson County grandmother has been charged in connection with the 2018 death of her young grandson.

Jefferson County sheriff’s officials on Monday announced the arrest of 44-year-old Michelle Lee Light on a charge of chemical endangerment of a child resulting in death. Journey Ray Layne Dorman died July 21, 2018, while in the care of his grandmother on Hoagtown Loop Road in Sylvan Springs, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. His parents, authorities said, lived in the Pinson area.

Journey was found unresponsive about 2:10 p.m. that day and was taken to Children’s of Alabama. He was pronounced dead at 3:27 p.m.

Authorities initially investigated the possibility that Journey had gotten into rat poison, but the autopsy ultimately showed he died from methadone toxicity or overdose.

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Decatur police say a woman there used hot grease to fight off a man charged with burglary and domestic violence.

Decatur police say officers responded to a home on Wimberley Drive SW because of a domestic dispute.

When they got there they found Larondrick Macklin suffering from burns to his face. Police say Macklin had entered the victim’s home armed with a gun and that the victim used a pot full of hot grease to defend herself.

Macklin was taken to the hospital on August 1st and then arrested and booked into the Morgan County jail on Aug. 2. His bond is set at $300,000.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office was told a Limestone County man was keeping this “attack squirrel” in a cage and fed it methamphetamine to keep it aggressive. (Video courtesy of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office)

A man in Alabama has been arrested and another is on the run following a police raid where officers say they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a caged ‘attack squirrel’ who had allegedly been fed meth to keep it aggressive, authorities revealed.

Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested during the search in the 21000-block of Piney Chapel Road at 8:30am Monday, in Limestone County. The target of the raid, Mickey Paulk, 35, remains at large.

The property was stormed after cops reportedly received an anonymous tip that Paulk had been keeping a drug-fueled squirrel in a cage for protection purposes.

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Lawmakers in Alabama have passed a bill that would require the chemical castration of people convicted of a sex crime against a child under the age of 13, according to WIAT.

If Gov. Kay Ivey signs the bill, it would require offenders aged 21 and older to be chemically castrated before leaving prison.

The bill, known as HB 379, was introduced by Republican State Rep Steve Hurst of Calhoun County, which is in the northeast part of the state.

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Toney Ray Johnson is accused of trying to eat a bag of meth before being tased during a police chase in Marshall County this week, authorities said.

Johnson is currently jailed on charges of methamphetamine possession, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, attempting to elude and possession of drug paraphernalia, records show. The 48-year-old is from Hazel Green in Madison County.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy saw Johnson standing in the middle of White Elephant Road Monday afternoon and approached him, because he appeared to be having trouble starting the motorcycle. As the deputy approached, authorities said Johnson jumped on the motorcycle and sped away.

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A former Madison County teacher was arrested this afternoon on charges of having sex with a student.

Lyndsey Sherrod Bates is charged with a felony count of engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19, records show. Bates is also charged with the following misdemeanors: three counts of distributing obscene material to a student and one count of having sexual contact with a student, according to Madison County jail records. Bail is set at $32,000.

A fight for crab legs at an Alabama buffet turned into a wild brawl where hungry diners jousted with tongs and smashed plates — and ended with two of the crabby customers in cuffs. Tensions at the Meteor Buffet restaurant in Huntsville boiled over Friday when the customers waited in line for at least 10 minutes for the crab legs to hit the smorgasbord — then all scuttled to serve themselves.