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.

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