Tennessee man wanted for allegedly raping 16-month-old boy captured in Alabama

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A father wanted for allegedly raping a 16-month-old in Lawrenceburg has been arrested, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Simon Dean Porter, 33, who is facing aggravated child rape charges, had been on the run and had been added to the TBI most wanted list Nov. 15.

He was arrested in Scottsboro, Alabama, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“This case rips my heart out,” Lt. Blake Grooms with Lawrenceburg police said. “I can’t even express it. I’m not even a parent, but when someone tells me that a 16-month-old child has been maliciously and intentionally hurt, words cannot describe it.” 

Officers reportedly became aware of the assault after they were notified of the boy’s severe injuries by doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tuesday afternoon.   

According to Grooms, Porter implicated himself in the crime involving the young boy during a police interview.  

“The little boy was hurt pretty bad,” Lt. Grooms said. “To the point of permanent damage for the rest of his life.”  

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