Attempted Murder/Parental Abduction Update

Publish Date: May 14, 2024
Written by: Henry Irby
Categories: News


On Monday, May 13, 2024, at approximately 12:28 AM, Forestdale patrol units responded to the 100 block of Dewberry Lane in Forestdale, Alabama to investigate a report of a person shot.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered that a 31-year-old female victim walked to a nearby Fire Station seeking treatment for an apparent gunshot wound.  Regional Paramedics Services transported the victim to UAB Hospital. The victim’s injury was not considered life-threatening.

It was also discovered that the victim was shot by her husband, 49-year-old Willie Edward McClain, Jr., and that he abducted their 3-year-old son Willon Jace McClain.

Hours later, through his attorney, Willie Edward McClain, Jr. turned himself in to deputies without incident.  Deputies also took custody of Willon Jace McClain, who was safe and unharmed.

Sheriff Mark Pettway stated, “We are very thankful for the safe return of 3-year-old Willon Jace McClain.  We are also appreciative for the outstanding teamwork shown by our Federal Taskforce partners, our Detective Bureau, Metro Area Crime Center (MACC) and Patrol Division.”


Willie Edward McClain, Jr., 49, of Forestdale, Alabama is out on bond from the Jefferson County Jail.  Detectives obtained warrants for Attempted Murder, under a $60,000.00 bond and Interference with Custody, under a $30,000.00 bond.




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