Cary mom charged with abuse after 10-year-old locked out of house

Susan Sherri Dowless
Susan Sherri Dowless CCBI

A Cary mother is due in court next month on a charge that her 10-year-old son was locked outside her home Christmas Day without warm clothing.

Police charged 43-year-old Susan Dowless with misdemeanor child abuse on Christmas and arrested her Wednesday morning at an apartment on Orchard Hollow Lane, records show.

The boy had been playing with friends, and the the family left for a dinner party, officers said.

“A lady in the neighborhood [on Pony Club Circle] called us,” Capt. Randall Rhyne said.

The arrest warrant naming Dowless alleged that the boy was abused “by other than accidental means” through Dowless’ “locking the child outside the residence when the temperature was below 40 degrees for several hours without providing adequate clothing, nourishment or supervision.”

Dowless was released Wednesday on $5,000 bail and scheduled for a court hearing on Jan. 29.

As a condition for her release, a magistrate ordered Dowless not to have any contact with the boy before then. That is a common restriction issued in child-abuse cases.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT