Ozark officer demoted for misstep in sister's case

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - An Ozark police sergeant has been demoted to corporal for failing to notify welfare authorities when his sister's 2-year-old son was found asleep and dirty in an intersection.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said Jessie Kellum also was suspended without pay for five days for inappropriate handling of the child care case.

Kellum was called to a residence after the child was found in the roadway about 5:50 a.m. on Sept. 1. Instead of notifying child welfare officials, he returned the boy to the mother.

Spivey said Kellum's action violated department procedures, and an internal investigation led to the disciplinary action.

The Dothan Eagle reported Friday that Kellum has served the suspension and the child has been allowed to stay at home while the case is reviewed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by mike Location: winchell on Nov 5, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    They have been targeting to screw this police officer for several months. Now he has this bad name when he is actually a good police officer. How can Tony Spivey demote someone for this when tony spivey has been corrupt every since he became chief in Ozark
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