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Daphne police arrest sex offender wanted in connection with child abuse case

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 3:34 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 4:28 PM CDT
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UPDATE Friday, June 24. 2022: Douglas Lewis has been taken into custody Friday afternoon near the Lake Forest Yacht Club after being spotted walking through the East Bay Apartments by a citizen, the Daphne Police Department announced on its Facebook page. Officers located and arrested him without incident, police said.

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UPDATE: New charges have been filed against Douglas Lewis, a convicted sex offender, who is wanted by Daphne police in connection to a case of suspected child abuse.

Warrants have been obtained charging Lewis with three counts of establishing residence with a minor and one count of failing to register a new residence.

Authorities said the child remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition.

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EARLIER STORY:

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - An urgent search is underway for a convicted sex offender after a child suffered a severe head injury, Daphne police said.

Investigators said the 5-year-old was injured in the Park City area off Pine Hill Road around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The child was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition with a brain bleed and severe bruising to his face and back.

“That is our primary concern with the bruising and how this child was treated,” said Sergeant Jason Vannoy. “It certainly looks like, at this point, it is a physical assault, but we are going to get more into that as the investigation moves on.”

Daphne police said they want to talk to Douglas Lewis, 45, about the case. He has not been charged with injuring the child, but police said he’s a convicted sex offender who is in violation of registration and notification laws.

He was last seen around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of North Main Street and D’Olive Boulevard in Daphne.

Police released a picture of Lewis and said his hair is longer now than when the photo was taken. Records show Lewis was convicted of statutory rape in 1995 in California.

“It’s tough to see a five-year-old with this amount of trauma,” said Vannoy. “It’s very concerning. It shocks the conscious.”

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