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Tennessee Man Accused Of Raping 16-Month-Old Son Arrested Following Multi-State Manhunt

Simon Porter is accused of causing "permanent damage" to his young son during the alleged sexual assault. 

By Jill Sederstrom

A Tennessee man, who is accused of raping his own 16-month-old son and permanently damaging him, has been arrested following a multi-state manhunt.

Simon Porter, 33, was apprehended Sunday morning in Alabama after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Porter is accused of raping his 16-month-old biological son. The boy allegedly suffered two broken femurs (fractured hips) while he was being held down during the assault, a source told WTVF, which added that he has had to undergo multiple surgeries as a result.

It is believed the boy may have suffered permanent damage from the abuse he allegedly endured, which occurred on November 11.

"This case rips my heart out,” Lt. Blake Grooms of the Lawrenceburg Police told WKRN. “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." 

Grooms, who told the station that Porter had implicated himself in the alleged assault, described the boy as being "hurt pretty bad."

An affidavit cited by WTVF said Porter "knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully" penetrated his son.

The boy's mother, 22-year-old Danielle Bowen, has also been charged in the case after authorities said she didn't get the boy any medical attention for his injuries.

She is now facing charges of felony child neglect and failure to seek medical attention.

Police were notified of the suspected abuse after the boy was brought to a hospital by a caregiver who had discovered the injuries, WTVF reports.

Medical staff at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center then contacted police.

The Lawrenceburg Police said in a statement announcing Bowen's arrest that she is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 6.  

Porter, who is facing charges of aggravated rape, is being held on $1 million bond, according to Fox News.

Porter was apprehended after he was seen walking along Highway 79 in Scottsboro, Alabama.

[Photos: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation/Lawrenceburg Police]