Man Who Went Viral in Mugshot Due to Neck Is Arrested Again in Alabama

He could be suffering from a rare condition
November 21, 2018 Updated: November 21, 2018

A man whose police mugshot went viral over his unusually large neck has been arrested again.

Charles Dion McDowell was arrested Nov. 21 in Lee County, Alabama, for allegedly eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, improper lane usage, and possession of marijuana, TMZ and ABC6 reported.

McDowell, 31, was booked into the Lee County Detention Center in the early hours of Nov. 21, ABC6 reported. His bond was set at $5,400 and he already posted bail.

Earlier this week, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of his mug shot after he was arrested in Florida for possession of meth with intent to sell or manufacture and other charges.

Congratulations to Charles Dion McDowell, DOB: 8/12/87 *shareCharles Dion McDowell was arrested for Fleeing/Eluding…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Escambia County Sheriff's Office‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٣ نوفمبر ٢٠١٨

“A big thank you to Bob Tyler Toyota for his continued partnership with Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers and the ECSO in expanding the reach of Wheel of Fugitives to WEAR ABC 3 News, Pensacola,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

The post had more than 61,000 likes, 264,000 shares, and nearly 300,000 comments as of Nov. 19.

It’s not the first time McDowell has been arrested, as there are other mug shots of him available on the Internet.

His most recent arrests have gone viral and spawned a string of jokes.

Medical Condition?

As highlighted a previous Epoch Times article, McDowell could suffer from a rare medical condition that causes a larger neck.

Dr. Milton Wolf noted McDowell’s neck might be due to a medical condition and accused the media of “body shaming.”

“It’s called pterygium colli deformity. Or webbed neck. It’s associated with various medical disorders, most commonly Turner Syndrome. So I guess the MSM is cool with body shaming, so long as it’s the result of a medical condition?” he wrote on Twitter.

Turner Syndrome, however, is a genetic disorder that is known to only affect females.

“The prevalence of pterygium colli ‘webbed neck’ is 75 percent in patients with Turner syndrome,” according to the U.S. Library of Medicine’s website. “This congenital deformity manifests as a bilateral cervical skin fold stretching from the mastoid to the acromion. Although the visibility of this skin fold varies among patients, it frequently has negative social effects. The surgical management of this malformation remains challenging as it requires the achievement of a harmonious neck profile and natural hairline implantation.”

It’s not clear if McDowell actually suffers from any rare genetic disorders.

And the National Organization for Rare Diseases writes of Noonan Syndrome: “Noonan syndrome is a genetic disorder that is typically evident at birth (congenital). The disorder is characterized by a wide spectrum of symptoms and physical features that vary greatly in range and severity. In many affected individuals, associated abnormalities include a distinctive facial appearance; a broad or webbed neck; a low posterior hairline; a typical chest deformity and short stature.”

It adds that some “features of the head and facial (craniofacial) area may include widely set eyes (ocular hypertelorism); skin folds that may cover the eyes’ inner corners (epicanthal folds); drooping of the upper eyelids (ptosis); a small jaw (micrognathia); a depressed nasal root; a short nose with broad base; and low-set, posteriorly rotated ears (pinnae).”

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