Former Police Officer Charged with Child Abuse

The majority of police officers in this country are hard working, honest individuals who try their best to uphold the laws of this nation and protect its citizens from harm and evil.  Unfortunately, there are those police officers who less worthy and instead of preventing harm to people, inflict harm instead.

The Decatur Daily newspaper reports that a 27-year-old former Moulton police officer who had been arrested back in September for allegations of child abuse, has been indicted for the beating of two eight-year old girls.  Mitchell Breland was charged this week by a Lawrence County grand jury after an investigation into the charges by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

In September, hospital personnel reported the alleged victims injuries to police after an examination found the injuries consistent with abuse.  Law enforcement officials report the indictment alleges the Breland repeated whipped  the two girls, however the indictment does not clarify whether or not he used an object to strike the victims.

If convicted of these Class C felony charges, Breland could spend up to ten years in prison. Breland remains free on $5,000 bail.

Children are precious and vulnerable individuals.  When we entrust our children to those adults who have a higher duty to not only look after them, but to protect them from harm, as well,  and then find out the entrusted adult has betrayed that trust by harming our children, we are both hurt and angry.

When a child has been abused in any way by a caregiver or another adult in an authority position, he can suffer both physical and emotional trauma that can affect him years after the abuse.

If your child has been harmed by a law enforcement official or another adult in a caregiver role, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.  An experienced, competent lawyer will aggressively  investigate the matter and not only help you and your child through this difficult situation, but ensure that the person responsible for harming your child will be held accountable for the crime he committed.

Original story here.