MPD officer decommissioned after child abuse charge

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A Murfreesboro police officer has been placed on administrative duty after being indicted on a misdemeanor child abuse charge this week by the Rutherford County grand jury.

Officer Anthony Whitehead, 39, was accused of physically abusing his 9-year-old daughter in a report filed Sept. 16 at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

"He has surrendered for service of the indictment at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office," said Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department. "After learning of the indictment, (administrators) decommissioned Whitehead. He will be placed on administrative duty until the case is concluded."

Sheriff’s Detective Lisa McCallum met with the mother and daughter.

“Both the child and mother advised that the child had been disciplined by her father on Sept. 13, causing excessive bruising on her buttocks and the back of the child’s thigh,” McCallum said.

McCallum presented her investigation to the grand jury Wednesday whose members issued the indictment.

Whitehead was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He was released on $1,500 bond.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19, in Rutherford County Circuit Court.

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