Pair nabbed in child sex investigation, one suspect is from Midland City

Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said the case began with a tip that ultimately led to the search of a Florida home.
Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said the case began with a tip that ultimately led to the search of a Florida home.
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 9:45 AM CST
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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - A multi-state and expanding investigation had led to the arrests of two people.

Laura Edens of Midland City is charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse involving a child under 12 and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

Also arrested on Thursday is James Crum of Crawfordville, Florida, who faces Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12, Possession of Child Pornography, two counts of Rape, and one count of Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex Acts.

Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said the investigation began with a tip that ultimately led to the search of Crum’s home near Tallahassee, though the crimes occurred in Dale County.

He provided limited information because of the case’s sensitivity.

Bynum commended the Daleville Police Department that received a tip that led to the arrests, and the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement that aided in the investigation.

He also commended the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for its assistance.

This story was updated to reflect Chief Bynum’s appreciation to Wakulla County and that law enforcement updated suspect’s last name to Edens instead of Eden.

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