Charged Aggravated Child Abuse in Etowah County

Etowah County sheriff’s deputies are investigating serious allegations against a day care worker. Karen Rowland is charged with 2 counts of aggravated child abuse. Rowland was an employee at Kids Kingdom Day Care and Preschool, located at First United Methodist Church of Hokes Bluff. She is accused of screaming and cursing at two 4-year-old children, hitting one child in the face with a folder and slamming the other child’s head down against a table. Investigators say the events took place the week of February 10th and were captured on video. Rowland was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later released on $10,000 property bond. The investigation is ongoing.


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