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July 11, 2013

Cullman woman found beaten; police investigate as victim airlifted to UAB

By David Palmer
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Cullman police are at a Carroll Acres residence after a woman was found semi-conscious, bruised and bleeding inside the house before 5 p.m. today.

The woman has been airlifted to UAB Hospital. Members of her family and a police investigator are also on their way to the hospital, said Cullman Assistant Police Chief Craig Green.

While authorities have declined to identify the victim at this time, the woman and her 3-4-year-old child live with her parents at the residence at 1427 Briarwood Drive, Green said.

The victim was discovered in a main-floor bedroom of the home by her ex-husband, who routinely comes by to pick up the child, Green said. The assistant chief also said the ex-husband’s visits are routine and that the door to the home was typically unlocked.

“At this time there is not a person of interest,” Green said. “We have two investigators at the scene and they have been talking to the ex husband and others. We also have officers going door-to-door in the neighborhood to find out if anyone saw something that could help us with the investigation.”

The ex husband called police to the residence. Green said the child was in the basement and did not seem aware that anything was wrong inside the house.

“The victim is an adult woman who lives with her parents. Her parents left this morning on a trip, but they have been notified and will be coming back,” Green said.

Officers and medical personnel who were called to the scene said the woman was found on a bed in one of the bedrooms and appeared to have been struck in the face. She was bruised and bleeding from her ears, Green said.

“Investigators have been talking to relatives of the woman, who is believed to be in her 30s, as well as neighbors. The ex husband arrived at the home between 4:30 and 5 p.m., Green said. “We don’t know if our investigator in Birmingham will know anything else tonight because of the victim’s condition, but we will release more information as it becomes available.”



* David Palmer may be contacted at 256-734-2131, ext. 116 or dpalmer@cullmantimes.com.