An Alabama couple, Ashleigh Ableman (27) and Howard Anderson (53), has been arrested and charged with one count of torture/wilful abuse of a child. The Dale County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Human Resources received reports of abuse involving three children under the age of 12 in Ariton. Lt. Caroline Jackson stated that during the investigation, it was discovered that Ableman and Anderson had burned Ableman’s children multiple times with a blowtorch. The burns were severe, and the children also showed signs of other forms of abuse.
On October 5, deputies from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the couple’s home in Ariton and subsequently arrested Ableman and Anderson. They are currently held in the Dale County Jail without bond pending a first appearance. The investigation is ongoing.