Sparkman High, Middle schools lock doors as deputies search for child abuse suspect

Sparkman High School

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County Schools officials locked the doors at Sparkman Middle and Sparkman High schools Thursday because of a “potential threat” in the area.

A Madison County Schools spokesman said there was a potential threat in the area of Burwell Road that prompted school officials to secure the area around 11:30 a.m. and make sure all students were indoors. The lockout was lifted around 12:30 p.m.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said they arrested John McLemore, 20, and charged him with aggravated child abuse after they found a 2-month-old child with injuries at a home on Burwell Road. The child was taken to Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children for treatment and was later transferred to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

The spokesman said the lockout was only a precaution and that the issue was not connected to the school system.

McLemore was jailed on a $30,000 bond.