Local woman charged in child abuse case


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



DOBSON — A Mount Airy woman faces a court appearance this week after being accused of abusing and threatening to kill her child.

April Buckner Spane, 39, of Lakeshore Lane, Mount Airy, was arrested in October on several felony charges stemming from the alleged abuse of a child under the age of 12.

She is accused of three counts of intentional child abuse causing serious injury, five counts of assault of a child under the age of 12 and two counts of communicating threats.

Spane was booked into the Surry County Detention Center on Oct. 7 and released the following day under a $35,000 secured bond.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

Arrest warrants allege that Spane threatened to kill the child, physically assaulted the child on five separate occasions and caused the child to experience post traumatic stress disorder.

The dates of offense range from April 15 to April 18.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

In other sheriff’s office reports:

• Phillip Alexander Gwyn, 22, of Gaylon Street, Mount Airy, was arrested Oct. 27 and charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Surry County Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond and scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 10.

• Gerri Rilla Hatcher, of Rocking Horse Trail, Mount Airy, was served with a warrant for fugitive from justice on Oct. 29. Her bond was set at $5,000 secured, and she is scheduled to appear in court on the matter on Jan. 27, 2017.

• Cherish Joyner, of Nelson Hill Road, Mount Airy, reported the theft of a 2010 Ford F-150 on Oct. 30. The vehicle belongs to Roy Norman, also of Nelson Hill Road, and was valued at $30,000. The report states that a suspect took the victim’s vehicle while she was asleep. The theft has been entered in the National Crime Information Center.

• Teresa Danley, of Park Drive, Mount Airy, reported a breaking and entering that resulted in the theft of five strips of Suboxone, a narcotic painkiller also used to treat opiate addiction. According to the Oct. 30 report, the medication was valued at $100.

• Richard Mills, of Maple Grove Church Road, reported a Huffy bicycle found in his yard on Oct. 30.

• Joyce Roberts, of McKinley Trail, State Road, reported a motor vehicle theft on Oct. 30. The vehicle was described as a four-door, grey 2008 Chevrolet Aveo valued at $8,000.

• James Sawyers, of London Lane, was made victim of a fraud, according to an Oct. 28 report, which states that the victim’s identity was used to obtain a $640 cell phone contract.

By Terri Flagg

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