Charged: Sexual Abuse
A report about a missing child leads to the arrest of an Etowah County man. 69-year-old Walter Donald Edwards of Tidmore Bend has been charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12, production of obscene matter and possession of child pornography. Etowah County Sheriff’s deputies took him into custody Sunday. Deputies were called to the Tidmore Bend area that morning to investigate a report about a missing girl. When they arrived, the girl’s parents said they had found their daughter at Edwards’ home. After investigating the incident, deputies executed a search warrant at the home, where they said they found child pornography. Edwards is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash bond.