Elba Man Jailed in Beating of Infant Daughters

By: Mike Gurspan Email
By: Mike Gurspan Email

An Elba man is charged with critically injuring his two infant daughters. Quinton Caldwell faces charges including willful torture child abuse and aggravated child abuse.

Caldwell lived on Putnam Street in Elba's downtown district.

Neighbors are shocked and angry. They can't understand how anyone could attack 11-week-old infants.

Chad and Angela Tefft along with their two young children recently moved from New York to Elba to live in a small hometown.

However, earlier this week, their neighbor was arrested on a host of charges stemming from attacking and severely injuring his twin 11-week-old daughters. Quinton Caldwell is jailed under a $220,000 dollar bond.

"How in the heck can anyone beat a child like that, to the point of mental retardation. A baby is just something innocent," Chad Tefft said.

Another neighbor, Renea Wood said, "We've seen the twins playing outside the house. We've never heard screams or any kind of noises coming from there."

Longtime Elba Police Investigator, Andy Gunter, says it's one of the most disturbing and stomach turning cases' he's been associated with. "The victims are so innocent. They wouldn't even be able to kick over a glass of water."

The child's uncle is heartbroken over it. He loves the infants, and believes his nephew is where he should be at this time.

Edward Charles Caldwell said, “He's got an attitude with me. Yes, I can see him do this, in my mind, in my mind."

There is some good news in this horrible situation. The infant girls have been released from the hospital and are in protective custody of the state.

Each girl sustained a fractured skull, broken arms and bruising.

An additional arrest may soon be made in this case.


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  • by Heather Location: Elba on May 7, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    I am another neighbor of this man. I'd never heard or seen anything unusual from his house. What happened is very unfortunate, and I hope those girls overcome all challenges they face from his wrong doings. He should be thankful our government doesn't support the "an eye for an eye" theory, because there are many of us who would like to be holding that baseball bat.
  • by Tyrone Location: Dothan on May 6, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    this guy shouldn't even be aloud bond,but he still is innocent until proven guilty.it's a total shame.
  • by Daniel on May 4, 2007 at 02:05 PM
    How someone can hurt an innocent child is beyond me. I think as fair punishment the offender should have to suffer the same pain and injuries that he himself inflicted if he is convicted. I feel that if he is convicted he should suffer a shull fracture, broken arms and bruises.
  • by linda Location: atlanta ga on May 4, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    I DON'T KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN, NOR DO I CARE TO KNOW HIM. BUT HE NEED SO SERIOUS COUNSELING! POOR BABIES, THEY WAS JUST PUT IN THE WRONG HANDS! MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL. MY PRAYERS GO UP TO THE GRANDMOTHER OR FAMILY THAT'S DEALING WITH THIS.
  • by Lee Location: Dothan on May 4, 2007 at 09:08 AM
    Where was the mother?
  • by Shekia Location: Samson AL on May 4, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    this is my cousin and i love him dearly. i dont understand what happened to him and why he would do something so wrong to his beautiful daughters. i wish that u could go back in time and find out where the problem started and fix it but this is a lesson to learn in life and forever will he have to deal with the remarks people are going to make. My baby cousins are not retarted just to let people know. they are just fine now. they are being taken care of and will be even better when they get with there Nene(grandmother)
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