On November 22nd, Dothan Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident in the 3900 block of South Oates Street. A vehicle travelling North on South Oates Street attempted to make a left hand turn onto Alabaster Drive. This vehicle pulled into the path of a vehicle that was southbound on South Oates Street. The driver of the northbound vehicle has been identified as 32 year old Brittany Seaton of Alford, Fl. She was rushed to Southeast Health but passed away from her injuries.
The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Crash Team.
The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Seaton family.
On June 10, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan. The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action. After almost five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1500 block of E. Main Street on November 5, 2020.
The suspect in this case, Christopher Johnson, was taken into custody. Investigators seized electronic equipment in Johnson’s home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis. As a result of the forensic analysis of Johnson’s electronic devices found in his home, Johnson has been charged with additional criminal charges. The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.
Christopher Dwayne Johnson (39) of Dothan has been charged with 50 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 10 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography. Johnson is being held without bond.
On October 28, 2020, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of allegations of child abuse by a former daycare worker at a local daycare. The Special Investigations Unit began an investigation into the allegations. The results of the investigation revealed the employee, Candeline Hyde, became frustrated with children in her class when they would not follow her instructions. As a result of her frustration, Hyde caused injuries to at least six children, some of which were special needs children, using what is commonly referred to as “pressure points” on the neck and shoulder area.
The daycare facility began to look into the allegations when several parents noticed unexplained bruising and injuries to the children. Once the daycare facility were made aware of the allegations, they terminated Hyde from her position and notified authorities. The alleged abuse occurred between August 2020 and October 2020. More charges are possible.
Candelin Patrice Hyde (36) of Dothan was charged with six counts of Aggravated Child Abuse of a Child less than Six Years Old. Hyde’s bonds total $360,000.
On October 23, 2020, a Dothan Police School Resource Officer was notified by a local school faculty member that a 5 year old was having a medical issue that was potentially caused by an individual. The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for treatment for a serious physical injury. The Dothan Police Department Special Investigations Unit was notified of the case and began their investigation.
After multiple interviews and reviewing medical records for the juvenile, it is believed that on the morning of October 23 the suspect, Chiquita Hunter, was disciplining the juvenile and began to kick the juvenile in the upper torso. By kicking the juvenile, Hunter caused serious injuries to the juvenile. On October 27, 2020 after interviewing Hunter, she was arrested in connection with this case.
Chiquita Nicole Hunter (25) of Dothan was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse with a bond of $60,000.