Updated: 1/26/2021


AFTER BEING NOTIFIED -BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, INVESTIGATORS WITH THE FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT MADE AN ARREST ON FRIDAY.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, STEPHEN PURDY, 32, WAS ARRESTED FOR TORTURE, WILLFUL ABUSE, OF A CHILD UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE BY A RESPONSIBLE PERSON. OFFICIALS WERE NOTIFIED OF A JUVENILE VICTIM AND DUE TO THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND THE AGE OF THE VICTIM NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. PURDY HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER ON A $2500 BOND.