Man arrested after toddler abused near Birmingham

Photo courtesy Chilton County Jail

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. – A man was arrested after authorities said he physically and sexually abused a toddler near Birmingham last week.

Jemison Police arrested Shawn Wesley Averett, 33, in connection with the boy’s injuries.

According to our news partners at, the 16-month-old suffered swelling and bleeding to his brain, along with genital and anal tearing.

The toddler was reported in critical condition.

Averett was reportedly in a relationship with the boy’s mother. He was arrested on felony charges of aggravated child abuse and sexual torture.

He was released from Chilton County Jail after posting a $90,000 bond, and his next court date is set for August 15.

The boy’s mother has set up a GoFundMe account to assist with the boy’s medical costs.

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