Moulton Police Officer Charged With Child Abuse

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Mitchell Breland, in his arrest mugshot

Mitchell Breland (Photo: Lawrence County Jail)

MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) - A Moulton police officer is suspended after being charged with child abuse.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Mitchell Breland, 27, on Thursday.  He is charged with two counts of torture or willful abuse of a child under the age of 18.

Breland was arrested at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and placed in the Lawrence County Jail.

Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter requested the investigation, which was based on allegations and information that had come in to McWhorter's office.

Breland was suspended with pay at the end of August when the Department of Human Resources started an investigation.  He is still suspended with pay.

“Well its disappointing as a supervisor, anytime one of your officers gets involved in something of this magnitude,” said McWhorter.

Breland worked as an officer in Decatur before he started his police patrol on the streets of Moulton.

“He has no write ups or anything on our department, on our department he served as a good example, as far as the job goes,” said McWhorter.

Now, the police chief says, this incident puts the department in a bad light.

“Even if it’s just alleged, it`s a black eye on law enforcement,” said McWhorter.

If convicted, Breland could lose his job as a police officer.