Published: April 12, 2021


LATE LAST WEEK, INVESTIGATORS WITH THE LORETTO POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE DISPATCHED TO A CLAX BRANCH ROAD HOME TO CONDUCT A WELFARE CHECK. AT THE HOME IT WAS FOUND TWO ADULTS AND 4 CHILDREN, AGES 2, 3, 6 AND 7, WERE LIVING IN UNSANITARY CONDITIONS. LAWRENCE COUNTY EMS WERE REQUESTED TO CHECK THE CHILDREN FOR IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CONCERNS. THE LAWRENCE COUNTY JUVENILE COURT ALONG WITH DCS DETERMINED REMOVAL FROM THE HOME WAS IN THE CHILDREN'S BEST INTEREST. THE CHILDREN'S MOTHER, SHAWNA HOWELL, AND HER BOYFRIEND, RYAN KIMBRELL, WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH 4 COUNTS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AND WILL APPEAR IN THE LAWRENCE COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT ON APRIL 20TH. ALONG WITH THE ABOVE LISTED AGENCIES WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND A KID'S PLACE FOR ASSISTING WITH THIS CASE.