Monday, March 30, 2020: The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Investigators arrested Aaron Anthony Stites, 26 years old of Hanceville, for Assault 1st degree and Torture/Willful Abuse of a Child.

CCSO Investigators conducted a short investigation Sunday afternoon where it was medically determined that Mr. Stites shook the child causing seizures and brain trauma.

Due to the graphic nature of the crime and the crime involving a child, there is limited information that the CCSO can release.

“As I have said before we have made it a priority to care for those who cannot care and fight for themselves,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry. “When someone injures a child there isn’t a punishment severe enough for them to receive,” added Gentry.

CCSO worked in cooperation with the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Human Resources.