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Trial for ex-cop charged with child abuse begins Wednesday

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Opening statements in the trial for a former Moulton police officer charged with child abuse are expected to start Wednesday morning. Tuesday, the prosecution and defense attorneys worked to get a jury in place.

Mitchell Breland was a Moulton officer when the alleged abuse happened. He is charged with two counts of willful abuse of a child involving two girls. Both were seven-years-old.

The alleged abuse happened August 9th, 2012. The investigation was sparked by hospital workers who treated one of the girls.

Tuesday, both sides told potential jurors that they will have to make a distinction between physical discipline and abuse. The Moulton Police Department fired Breland after his arrest for what they called a "violation of city personnel policy."

Before working for the Moulton P.D., Breland had been a police officer in Decatur. He resigned from that job after being charged with domestic violence, that charge ended up getting dropped.

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