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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • HPD investigate report officer sent to church cry room to quiet child

  • A spokesman for the Hannibal Police Department confirmed Tuesday morning that an internal investigation is underway after it is alleged an on-duty police officer was summoned to Holy Family Church Saturday night to help quiet a youngster in the “cry room.”


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  • A spokesman for the Hannibal Police Department confirmed Tuesday morning that an internal investigation is underway after it is alleged an on-duty police officer was summoned to Holy Family Church Saturday night to help quiet a youngster in the “cry room.”
    “We were made aware of the incident on Saturday evening. We began an investigation attempting to separate fact from fiction at this point. The chief has ordered an investigation and the outcome of that investigation will determine what course of action we’re going to take. We expect to have the whole matter wrapped up as soon as possible,” said Capt. James Hark, assistant HPD chief.
    Hark declined to share any details regarding the incident.
    “I’d rather not comment until I have all the facts,” he said.
    According to unconfirmed reports, an off-duty member of the HPD at the church service contacted police about a young child who allegedly was being “unruly” in the church’s “cry room.” An on-duty officer responded and is alleged to have “intimidated” the youngster into behaving.
    According to a Facebook entry posted Sunday night, the child is the son of Chad and Angela Hatton of Hannibal. The Courier-Post attempted to contact the Hattons, but their listed phone number was not in service.

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