Captured: Fugitive suspected of raping 16-month-old boy apprehended in Alabama

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. – Tennessee authorities released new photos Friday of a fugitive suspected of raping a 16-month-old boy. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Sunday, Nov. 18 Simon Porter was apprehended in Scottsboro, Alabama.

The Lawrenceburg Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation asked the public for help tracking Porter down — wanted for aggravated rape of a child.

“The suspect in the rape of a young child in Lawrenceburg has been added to our Top Ten Most Wanted list,” the TBI tweeted Friday. “We’re hoping to spread this throughout Tennessee and the surrounding states, so thanks for the RTs!”

Authorities were notified by a local physician who examined the child. The boy was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The bureau published several photos of Porter’s various looks over the past two years in an effort to locate him.

The suspect’s mother, Barbara Wright, told WKRN her message for Porter:

“Son please bring yourself in. I love you so much son, I don’t want you to get hurt. I don’t want nothing to happen to you.  Do the right thing, you know you didn’t do this, please bring yourself in, prove to them you are innocent.”

Again — he has been arrested.

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