MPD officer bonds out of jail; terminated after willful abuse of a child charges

According to the Mobile Police Department, officer Michael Walley was terminated from the department on Friday, February 9. Photo: MPD

A former Mobile Police Officer is out of jail, but out of a job after authorities say he abused a 6-year-old and 11-year-old.

Prosecutors said a 3ft carpenter's level, an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is horizontal or vertical, was allegedly used to strike the two children.

Mobile Police said the arrest of one of their own happened after Walley was fired on Friday. He's charged with two counts of the willful abuse of a child.

Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson said the two children were hit with the carpenter's level on their necks, back, and knees. Patterson said they suffered severe bruising, abrasions and minor bleeding, but no broken bones.

When FOX10 News asked Patterson why the abuse happened, she was told it was because the children were being too noisy.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste issued this statement:

"This is an unfortunate situation. There are no winners here. We pray for the family and hope they can recover from this traumatic experience."

Walley’s hire date with the Mobile Police Department was March 2016.

According to jail records, he has a court hearing Thursday.

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