Second arrest made in connection to Lawrenceburg child rape case

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - A second person has been arrested and charged in connection with a case where a man was charged with raping a 16-month-old child.

Danielle Bowen, 22, was arrested Monday morning in a Lawrence County, Tenn., courtroom on a child neglect charge, according to District Attorney Brent Cooper.

Bowen's arrest is connected to the weekend arrest of Simon Dean Porter, 33, who was arrested Sunday in Scottsboro.

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Porter is charged with aggravated rape of a 16-month-old boy on Nov. 10. After days of authorities circulating photos and adding him to Tennessee's Top 10 Most Wanted List, Scottsboro police said someone saw him walking on Highway 79 Sunday.

Scottsboro Police said when they questioned Porter, he told them his name and said he was on his way to Huntsville.

We looked into Simon Porter's criminal history. This was not his first run-in with police or the first time he was charged with committing a violent crime. Porter was charged with domestic assault in 2010 but the current charge against him, aggravated rape of a child, was his first felony.

People in Lawrenceburg say they cant believe this happened.

"I can't wrap my head around it," said Rebecca Ball. "That baby, it's 16 months old. I can't wrap my head around that and I bless the people that caught him because I know one thing, I was out looking for him."

Porter is being held on a $1,000,000 bond and is scheduled to have his initial court appearance on December 6. The child was being treated at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.