The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office arrests a Hokes Bluff man in connection to a child abuse investigation. According to Sheriff Todd Entrekin, 28-year-old Malcolm Wade Howard was arrested on December 11. He has been charged with child abuse, which is a felony. Authorities say Howard is believed to have physically abused a 4 year old boy leaving a large bruise on the child’s face. Howard is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center with a $25,000 cash bond. The James M. Barrie Center assisted with the investigation.