CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — Wednesday, 24-year-old Amber Maritta Cartwright of Crane Hill and 23-year-old Zachary Levi Burns of Cullman were arrested on several counts of sexual abuse of two children, both under age 12. Cartwright also has two charges of enticing a child for immoral purpose and incest pending.
According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, the two victims reported the alleged sexual abuse to a relative, who alerted investigators with the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said that Cartwright and Burns would engage in sex acts with each other, and force the children to participate in the acts.
Authorities confirmed to WIAT that Cartwright is the mother of the victims, which have been taken from her custody and are with D.H.R.
“It’s safe to say this is one of the worst child sexual abuse cases I have seen in my career,” Sheriff Matt Gentry said. “These children are very brave for coming forward to help us put these predators behind bars. There is no punishment severe enough for these two that fits this crime.”
Cartwright is being charged with sodomy in the 1st degree and two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12. Two counts of enticing a child for immoral purpose and incest are pending.
Burns is also being charged with sodomy in the 1st degree and two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12. Burns also has two charges of enticing a child for immoral purpose pending.
Both are currently held without bond in the Cullman County Detention Center.